Carnival Italian Recipes Italian Pastries


Castagnole are small Italian-style doughnut balls that are usually eaten around Carnival time just before Lent.

I make them much more often than that because they are so easy and made with 5 ingredients you usually already have!




Yield: Makes 30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
  • 8 Ounces All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Ounces Melted Butter
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Liqueur or Brandy (I Used Amaretto)
  • Oil For Frying

For Serving:

  • Powdered Sugar




  • Mix together the flour, butter, eggs, sugar and liqueur until blended.
  • Heat up the oil in a heavy saucepan to 350 degrees F.
  • Take a small spoonful of the dough (size of a large olive or 1 1/2 inches) and gently roll into a ball and drop into the hot oil.
  • Fry until golden brown on all sides and then remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined tray to remove any excess oil.
  • Dust liberly with powdered sugar and serve warm.




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