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Chiacchiere di Carnevale

Chiacchiere di Carnevale: Carnival fried dough

  • Author: Silvana
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 20 portions 1x


Chiacchiere di Carnevale is the delicious traditional sweet treat served in Italy on Shrove Tuesday. These yummy stripes of fried dough are very easy to make, and will make everybody lick their fingers!


Units Scale
  • 400 grams of plain flour
  • 80 grams of caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 yolks
  • 50 grams of melted salted butter
  • 23 tbsps of aniseed liqueur, such as Sambuca or Pastis
  • The zest of a orange
  • Icing sugar as needed


  1. Place the flour in a large bowl. form a well in the middle, and dd the sugar, the eggs, the melted butter, the grated orange zest, and the liqueur.
  2. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, until you get a smooth even dough. Form a ball,  cover with a clean tea towel and let stand for 30 minutes.
  3. Dust with a little flour a clean flat surface. Pull with a rolling pin a very thin sheet, about 2 mm thick. 

    The thickness of the chiacchiere di carnevale varies from region to region. Usually in the north are extremely thin, almost paper like, whereas in the south, in Naples especially, are thicker. 

  4. With a pastry wheel, cut the sheets in rectangles of 10 x 5 cm (4″ x 2″).  Score each rectangle with a long cut down the middle, making sure that at least one of the shorter edges stays whole.
  5. Knot and/or  braid each rectangle as you wish. The chiacchiere di Carnevale must have whimsical shapes: let your imagination lose and have fun!
  6. Heat abundant vegetable oil in a deep pot. Fry the chiacchiere in small batches, until the get a lovely golden colour. Let them dry on kitchen paper towels, then dust them with icing sugar.


In Naples we use aniseed liqueur to flavour our chiacchiere di carnevale. In other parts of Italy, other alcohol is used. Marsala, Strega, Rum, Moscato are traditionally also used to flavour them. If you feel extra fancy, you can also use limoncello!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Rest Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: Italian
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