Fried or baked frappe: the most classic Carnival recipe there is!
The Carnival frappe, fried or baked, are undoubtedly the best known and best known recipe of this festival! Frappe, in fact, belong to the tradition of Carnival sweets throughout Italy and are known in every region with the most disparate names: in Liguria and Piedmont they call them "bugie", in Tuscany "cenci", in Abruzzo "cioffe", in Veneto , Trentino and Friuli "crostoli", in Emilia "fiocchetti", in Puglia, Calabria, Campania and Basilicata "chatter" and so on and so forth ...
What makes this recipe truly exceptional is the crunchy texture and sweet scent of the frappe, made with very simple ingredients, whether it is the fried or baked version: a base of flour, lard, sugar and eggs to which the sprinkled with decorative icing sugar, or, for those with a sweet tooth, a covering of chocolate or flavored icing.
The original version, in fact, would be the fried one: the Carnival frappe would in fact derive from the "frictilia", sweets fried in fat prepared in ancient Rome exactly in the period that today corresponds to that of the Carnival. Well, then, let's not get lost in "chat" and, rather, we learn the recipe for cooking frappe in each version, even with the help of the Thermomix. And if you've got a taste for it with fried desserts, here's a video-recipe to prepare excellent pancakes with hazelnut cream:
Fried frappe: here's the recipe!
To prepare tasty fried frappe which, as we have seen, make up the original recipe for this typical Carnival dessert, you will need the following ingredients:
- 7 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 liqueur glass of white wine
- 1 glass of milk
- 50 grams of lard
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 eggs
- pinch of salt
- flour to taste
- sunflower oil for frying
- powdered sugar for sprinkling
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, then start adding flour until you get a dough with a consistency similar to that of egg pasta. At this point, cover everything and let it rest for half an hour.
Roll out the dough into a very thin layer, bring the oil to temperature (180 °) and fry 2-3 pieces at a time, so as not to drop the temperature of the oil and be able to manage the frying well. Drain the excess oil and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Voila, that's it!
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The recipe for baked frappe
Baked Carnival frappes are certainly no less tasty and, although not as traditional, they are lighter and somehow healthier. Here are the ingredients you need to prepare them:
- 50 g of butter
- 500 g of flour
- 3 whole eggs and 1 yolk
- 70 g sugar
- 30 g grappa
- 6 g of baking powder for cakes
- 1 pinch of fine salt
- 1 vanilla pod
- icing sugar to taste
Sift the flour together with the baking powder, then add sugar, salt, previously beaten eggs and grappa. Work everything until you get a homogeneous "amalgam. Then add the seeds of the vanilla pod and the butter and continue to knead for about ten minutes. Wrap the dough in a film and let it rest for half an hour, then divide the dough into portions. about 150 g and flatten them one by one. With a jagged wheel you can help you to make rectangles of the desired proportions.
Make two carvings in the center of each frappa, then place them in a baking tray with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 190 ° for 10 minutes, take out and sprinkle with icing sugar.
Cooking Carnival frappe with the Thermomix? Why not!
Finally, if you usually use the Thermomix, here is an excellent recipe for making frappe with this handy tool. The necessary ingredients will be:
- 200 g of sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 520 g of flour
- 50 g of butter
- 4 eggs
- ½ sachet of baking powder
- 20 g of grappa
- A pinch of salt
- One lemon
- 1000 g of peanut oil
Start by pulverizing the sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod for 20 seconds at speed 10. Then add flour, butter, eggs, yeast, grappa, two tablespoons of powdered sugar, salt, grated lemon zest to the mixing bowl and knead at ear speed for 3 minutes. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for half an hour.
Roll out the dough with the pasta machine to a thickness of about 2 millimeters, then cut into strips with a toothed wheel and make the 2 vertical incisions in the center. Fry in peanut oil and set to dry. A sprinkle of powdered sugar and go!
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