Carnival Italian Recipes

How to make a Castagnole

Castagnole or Italian carnival doughnuts  are small Italian-style doughnut balls that are usually eaten around Carnival time just before Lent.

I make them much more often than that because they are so easy and made with 5 ingredients you usually already have!




  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • the zest from 1 lemon
  • vegetable oil (I used canola oil) for frying
  • powdered sugar to dust the castagnole once cooked


  1. Soften the butter and then mix all the ingredients together . Work the dough until a firm ball forms. Roll the dough on a working surface and then shape several thin logs. 
  2. Cut the logs in small pieces and roll each piece between your fingers to make small balls.
  3. Meanwhile, pour the vegetable oil in a pan and let it reach frying temperature. Then, deep fry the castagnole for a few minutes until they are golden brown.
  4. Let the castagnole dry on a baking tray if you have one, otherwise get creative.
  5. Dust the warm castagnole with powdered sugar and enjoy.


Buon Mangiata!

Meet Anita Augello – The woman behind all of these Italian favorites.

Follow us on Facebook for more recipes and stories.

Facebook Comments
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

You Might Also Like

No Comments

    Leave a Reply