Carnival is a huge event all over Italy, celebrated with parades, parties and masquerades. People start celebrating weeks before the actual Carnival day and, at this time of the year, you get to eat some delicious typical food. Le chiacchiere (aka frappe or bugie) which I just made are one of these.
If you are not invited to any festa di Carnevale (costume party), but still want to feel the Carnival groove, you should definitely try them.
In case you were wondering, we had tremendous fun last week at the costume party organized by our friend Vincenzo. Che risate!
Ingredienti per le chiacchiere:
- 300 gr. (10.6 OZ) flour – FARINA
- 100 gr. (3.5 OZ) sugar – ZUCCHERO
- 50 gr. (1.8 OZ) unsalted butter – BURRO
- 2 eggs – UOVA
- a pinch of salt – SALE
- canola oil for frying - OLIO PER FRIGGERE
- powder sugar – ZUCCHERO A VELO
Combine flour, eggs, melted butter and salt. If the mix is too crumbly, add one or two tbs of warm water, acqua tiepida. Knead the dough for about 15 minutes, then make it into a ball, place it in a floured bowl and let it rest for one hour in a warm place.
Divide the dough in 2 or 3 smaller balls. With a rolling pin, roll it out until very thin, and make it into stripes using the little roller you see in the picture – which I cannot properly name in English (rotella taglia pasta dentata, if you want to impress your friends with your Italian). Do not make your stripes of dough too long or they’ll break while you fry them.
In a large frying pan, heat the oil and fry your stripes, turning them as soon as they are crispy and golden. Place them on absorbent paper to get rid of excessive oil and let them cool. Serve your chiacchiere at room temperature sprinkled with powder sugar. Golosissime!!!