Castagnole di Carnevale

Castagnole di Carnevale


  • 220 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g of caster sugar
  • 1 pinch of fine salt
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon
  • 5.5 grams baking powder
  • 1 liter of oil
  • Castor sugar or icing sugar


  • Combine the flour, salt, sugar, eggs, grated lemon zest, and butter cut into small pieces.
  • Knead everything until you obtain a smooth and elastic dough.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling film and let it rest for at least 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Remove the cling film, flour your hands, gradually take small pieces of dough and form balls the size of a small chestnut.
  • Pour the oil in a small saucepan or in the deep fryer and heat up to 180 ° C max 200 ° C
  • Dip the ball of dough in the oil, lower the heat and let them fry until they become puffy, golden and rise to the surface.
  • Drain them on paper towels
  • Dip them in caster sugar or icing sugar, making sure to coat them well on all sides.
  • Enjoy them, hot or cold.

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