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A delicious Italian carnival pastry
RECIPE BY Jessica | Chef & Author
Chiacchiere, which means "chatter" in English, are delicious, crispy pastry strips that are enjoyed during the festive carnival season in Italy. This sweet temptation is not only a feast for the palate, but also a traditional symbol of joy and exuberant celebration.
Ingredients list
  • 500 g pastry flour (UK: soft / patent)
  • 50 g butter soft
  • 70 g sugar
  • 30 ml grappa
  • 3 eggs medium
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 g baking powder
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 pinch salt
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • powdered sugar
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 70kcal
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 70kcal
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
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  • First place the flour and baking powder in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer.
    500 g pastry flour, 6 g baking powder
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk thoroughly.
    3 eggs
  • Now add the beaten eggs, egg yolk, sugar, grappa and salt to the bowl.
    70 g sugar, 30 ml grappa, 1 egg yolk, 1 pinch salt
  • Fit the stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix for about 5 minutes until everything is well mixed.
  • Now replace the mixer with the dough hook. Add the seeds from the vanilla bean and the softened butter and knead for 15 minutes.
    1 vanilla bean, 50 g butter
  • Then transfer the dough to a clean work surface and quickly shape into a ball with your hands. Then wrap in cling film and leave to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • After the resting phase, divide the dough into portions of approx. 150g / 5oz. Flatten each portion slightly by hand and flour it. Then place in the pasta maker and roll out on the thickest setting. Repeat this process several times, reducing the setting a little each time. At the end, the dough should be approx. 2mm / 0.1in thick. (Alternatively, the dough can also be rolled out with a rolling pin). Then leave the dough to rest briefly.
  • Then cut the dough into rectangles measuring approx. 5x10cm / 2x4in using a cutter wheel. Make a 5cm / 2in cut in the middle of each rectangle, parallel to the long side.
  • Now heat enough sunflower oil in a large pan. As soon as the oil is hot enough, add two to three pieces of dough at a time and fry until golden brown. Turn several times with a slotted spoon.
  • Then remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain. Leave the chiacchiere to cool completely.
  • Finally, transfer to a large plate, sprinkle with plenty of powdered sugar and enjoy.
    Buon appetito!
Calories: 70kcal (4%)Carbohydrates: 11g (4%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 2g (3%)Saturated fatty acids: 1g (5%)Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.2gMonounsaturated fatty acids: 0.4gTrans fatty acids: 0.04gCholesterol: 20mg (7%)

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