“Le Chiacchiere” are a traditional Italian sweet, made during the period of Carnival. Everyone is talking about these twisty treats commonly eaten in abundance on the days before Lent and in particular on Martedi Grasso (Shrove Tuesday), oh wait, that’s today!
Don’t worry, it’s not too late! With simple ingredients, that you probably already have in your kitchen, you can whip up a batch of these sweet and yummy treats. There are a million and one recipes out there, with everyone having their own personal version passed down from generation to generation.
Here is a simple recipe, to get you started:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp dry white wine
1/4 tsp salt
vegetable oil (for frying)
Have you got everything? Awesome, let’s get started!
Mix together all ingredients kneading them into a smooth, soft dough. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest for approximately 15 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into long strips (about 1/2 inch wide). You can choose to leave the ribbons as is or twist them into bows. In some parts of southern Italy, a small slit is made in the middle of the ribbon and twisted.
In a deep frying fan, pour enough oil to allow the strips to fry without touching the bottom of the pan (about 1 inch should do fine). When the oil is hot, carefully place the strips of dough into the pan, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Once they become golden one side, flip them over and do that same to the other side. Transfer them to a cooling rack so that any excess oil can be drained. Before they have cooled down, sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
Chiacchiere can be served hot or at room temperature.
What do you typically prepare and eat on Martedi Grasso? Have you ever tried Chiacchiere?
Leave your comments below and if you make chiacchiere, I’d love to see your photos!