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 Chiacchiere (Sweet Carnival Fritters)

   Chiacchiere Photo
Category: Desserts
Servings: 6 - 8
Total time: 30 min + 1 hr resting time
Level: Easy
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An authentic Italian recipe from our kitchen to yours. Buon Appetito!


- 2 cups flour

- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/8 teaspoon salt

- 2 tablespoons sugar

- 2 large eggs

- 1 tablespoon butter, softened

- 1 1/2 tablespoons grappa

- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

- Zest of one small lemon or half of a small orange (optional)

- Oil for frying

- Powdered sugar


1.  In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and zest. Mix all of the ingredients well to combine.

2.  Make a well in the center of the bowl by pushing the flour up along the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs, butter, grappa and vanilla.

3.  Begin mixing the flour into the liquid ingredients. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough begins to form; then turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Continue kneading the dough until it becomes smooth and pliable - the consistency of Play-Doh.




4.  Cover the prepared dough and set it in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

5.  When you are ready to make the chiacchiere, prepare a floured work surface, and divide the dough into 3 - 4 sections to make rolling it out easier.

6.  Take one section of dough and roll it out very thin - about 1/16 inch thick. Using a fluted pastry wheel or a pizza cutter (a knife or cookie cutter will also work just fine), cut the dough into pieces measuring about 2 inches by 4 inches. You can then make the pieces into any shapes you want. You can twist the dough at the center to form a tie. You can roll a cut through the center of the piece of dough. It’s up to you.

7.  Set the cut pieces of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and dusted with flour to prevent sticking. Repeat step 6 until all of the dough has been cut.

8.  Prepare to fry the dough by heating a sauté pan or Dutch oven with oil for deep frying. Heat the oil over medium high heat until it reaches 350 degrees.

9.  When the oil is hot enough for frying, place 4 to 6 pieces of dough into the oil and fry until a light golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes. If the oil gets too hot, reduce the heat to medium or low.

10.  Once the dough is fried, allow the pieces to cool and drain on cookie sheets or large plates lined with paper towels.

11.  Continue this process until all of the dough is fried.

12.  Place the chiacchiere on a serving tray and dust with ample powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.


- There are many names for chiacchiere: frappe, bugie, lattughe, sfrappole, etc. It depends what region you are in. They also come in a variety of different forms, but the recipe is the same.

- These store well in the refrigerator (without the powdered sugar). To serve them crunchy, remove them from the refrigerator an hour before serving and heat them for 2 - 3 minutes in the oven at 425 degrees.