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Italian Chestnut Fritters (Fritelle di Castagne)

The Italian Chestnut Fritters or Fritelle di Castagne. Just in time for fat tuesday, here I am with my recipe of fritters.

The original recipe comes from the magazine La Cucina Italiana, February issue: these are fritters from Veneto, north of Italy.

I have only changed part of all purpose flour with chestnut flour, and the result is not only the colour, dark brown in this case, but also the flavour, delicate and a little bit sweeter than usual.



Doses for two large dishes of fritters.

  • 250gr (1.125cup – 9oz) flour
  • 250gr (1.125cup – 9oz) chestnut flour
  • 300gr (1.3cup – 10.4oz) milk
  • 100gr (0.5cup – 3.5oz) raisins
  • 80gr (0.4cup – 3.2oz) sugar
  • 80gr (0.4cup – 3.2oz) pine nuts
  • 20gr (0.7oz) brewer’s yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small glass of grappa
  • a pinch of salt
  • peanut oil



  1. Put raisins in a bowl and leave to soak in warm water for about 20 minutes.
  2. Warm up a little 200gr (7oz) of milk and melt yeast. In a large bowl mix together with a whisk both flours, sugar and salt, then add eggs one at a time.
  3. Pour in milk/yeast mixture, the remaining milk and knead.
  4. Leave to rise for at least one hour in a warm place (for example, in the oven, turned off).
  5. After this time, add pine nuts, raisins (well drained and dried with a cloth) and grappa.
  6. Next, heat the oil over a highish heat in the frying pan and, when it’s shimmering hot, cook the fritters over a medium heat (using a spoon to pour in the dough) for 45-60 seconds each side, or until brown.
  7. Lift them and leave to drain on baking paper.
  8. Serve warm sprinkled with icing sugar.




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