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
- 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.
- Cut the logs in small pieces and roll each piece between your fingers to make small balls.
- 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.
- Let the castagnole dry on a baking tray if you have one, otherwise get creative.
- Dust the warm castagnole with powdered sugar and enjoy.