Here’s another extremely delicious Carnival treat we grew up eating: Castagnole! These are my grandpa’s favourites, so nonna always has freshly-fried ones… believe me, they’re addictive!


600 gr flour

150 gr sugar

150 gr olive oil

4 eggs

1 small glass of anise-flavoured liqueur (optional)

Grated peel of 1 lemon

8 gr baking powder

Icing sugar

A pinch of salt

vegetable oil (to deep-fry)


1) Mix all ingredients together until you get a soft and smooth dough. Let it stand for a few minutes.

2) Cut the dough into smaller pieces and roll them into strips.

3) Using a knife, cut the strips into small pieces.

4) Shape each piece into a smooth, little ball.

5) Deep-fry the balls in vegetable oil (we used sunflower oil).

6) When they are golden, take them out with a skimming ladle and dry them.

7) Give Castagnole a few minutes to cool down, then sprinkle with icing sugar.


They are good for three/four days…but we doubt you will have any left!


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