Chiacchiere is a typical fried dessert found in Italy during the time leading up to Carnevale our in other words Fat Tuesday. It is a recipe that is quite simple to prepare and the variations are never ending. This is a fun take on the traditional chiacchiere and is a version we have found in Italy a little different from the rest still with a relatively simple preparation to make yourself at home. The fun part about this fried treat is the contrast between chocolate and vanilla, which create as well fun visual strips.
Here’s our take on the traditional celebratory recipe:
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3 cups Flour
1/4 cup White Sugar
80 ml Milk
1 Tablespoon Cacao Powder
Vegetable Oil to Fry
- Start by making the two doughs, one chocolate and one vanilla. Use 1/2 the flour per dough, make a flour fountain in the middle of your work space, make a hole in the middle add half of the 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla (for the vanilla dough) and 1 tablespoon chocolate powder (for the chocolate dough) and break one egg in the middle of the hole. Slowly whisk and work the flour into the egg until is an even mix and use hands to work the dough.
- Once both doughs are complete, start to roll out the dough, first splitting each dough in half and rolling out two lines of dough per flavour, the same length. Layer one vanilla dough then chocolate then vanilla then chocolate. Once dough is layered chocolate and vanilla, cut horizontally 1 cm thick. After cutting the entire dough into the horizontal pieces, either roll out each individual piece or put in the pasta roller to roll out the dough for a thin even thickness. Cut 2 vertical lines in each chiacchiere in the middle of dough.
- Heat the frying oil. Two or three at a time add the chiacchiere in the boiling oil until golden. Remove and place on absorbing paper towels to soak up excess oil. Place on plate and add a dusting of white sugar on top of fried chiacchiere.