Mommy's Time Out Magazine February 2017 - Page 15

Mardi Gras Fritters from Michela Baratta's Kitchen

Chiacchiere (Mardi Gras fritters) is a crispy treat eaten throughout Italy during the Carnival season.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb all-purpose flour

1 ½ oz confectioners sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ oz butter

½ cup milk

1 pinch salt

⅛ oz baking soda

vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)to taste

frying oil, as needed

1 tablespoon confectioners sugar to garnish

Pour all the ingredients except milk in a food processor and mix together. Gradually add the milk to the mix and knead the dough until smooth. Cover in plastic wrap and let sit for 15 mins. Divide the dough into pieces and roll out the dough until 1/10 inch using a rolling pin or pasta machine. Use a knife or pasta cutter to cut out 1 inch wide stripes or diamonds or any shape you prefer. Fry the dough in boiling oil. The dough should be completely submerged in the oil for 30 secs to 1 min. Once golden, remove the fritters using a slotted spoon and place them on parchment paper. Dust the fritters with powdered sugar. The chiacchiere can be served immediately or stored for a couple of days.

Pour all the ingredients in a food processor except for the milk and mix together. Gradually add the milk to the mix and knead the dough until it is smooth, then cover in plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into pieces and roll out the dough until 1/10 inch using a rolling pin or pasta machine. Use a knife or pasta cutter to cut out 1 inch wide stripes or diamonds or whatever shape you prefer.

Fry the dough in boiling oil. The dough should be completely submerged in the oil for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once golden, remove the fritters using a slotted spoon and place them on parchment paper.

Dust the fritters with powdered sugar. The chiacchiere can be served immediately or stored for a couple of days