Italian Carnival fried dough: i Cenci!
Erika Elia:
Recipe type: Festivity sweets
Cuisine: Italian
  • Flour 240 gr (1 cup)
  • Butter 20 gr (1 oz)
  • Sugar 20 gr (2 tbsp)
  • Eggs 2
  • Brandy 1 tbsp
  • Salt 1 pinch
  • Peanut or Corn oil to fry
  1. Make a dough with these ingredients making a fairly stiff dough.
  2. Knead with your hands a lot, shape into a ball and let it rest, covered with a cotton cloth for about 1 hour.
  3. After resting, the dough will be much softer and easier to roll out.
  4. In case it's too tender, add more flour.
  5. Roll it out into a thin rectangle and with a pastry wheel (or knife) cut it into strips as long as your palm and two fingers wide.
  6. Make some incisions with the pastry wheel, twist and crinkle the strips and then fry them in the hot oil or lard (they should float), having different shapes. Transfer to a tray with a paper towel to absorb the extra oil.
  7. Dust with icing sugarĀ once they are cold.
  8. This dose is enough to make a big dish.
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