Fried Carnival Pastries

Fried Carnival Pastries

Fried pastries are a traditional Italian dessert served during Carnival. Called “chiacchiere”, “bugie”, “cenci”, “galani”, these pastries should always include wine or some kind of liquor, as it causes them to become very crispy when fried.


  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


Step 1

Combine one cup of flour and the butter in a food processor and pulse until the butter is incorporated into the flour.

Step 2

Add the egg, yolk, sugar, salt and wine then pulse to combine the ingredients.

Step 3

Add the remaining flour to form a smooth dough.

Step 4

Every ingredient now should be well combined and the dough should come into a ball and be only slightly sticky.

Immagine con licenza CC BY-SA 2.0 (Błażej Pieczyński)

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