Italian-Style Castagnole Fritters

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 1 h 30 min
  • Makes: 60 fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 500 mL
  • 2 tsp baking powder 10 mL
  • 1 tsp baking soda 5 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar 250 mL
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 125 mL
  • 1/4 cup sour cream 60 mL
  • 2 tsp lemon zest 10 mL
  • canola oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup Compliments Cocoa 60 mL
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar 60 mL

Directions

  • Step 1

    Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow. Beat in melted butter, sour cream and lemon zest. Gradually stir in flour mixture until a soft, stretchy dough comes together.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, on medium heat, bring large saucepan with 3-in. (8-cm) oil to 180°C (350°F) on an instant read thermometer. Use wet hands to roll heaped teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Working in batches, place rolled dough onto slotted spoon; place in hot oil. Fry 3 to 4 min., turning once, until golden brown. Transfer fritters to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Make 60 fritters.

  • Step 3

    Mix cocoa powder and icing sugar. Sift mixture onto fritters to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tip

For a nutty flavour, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) Amaretto or Frangelico liqueur to dough.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (2 fritters):
  • Calories 130
  • Fat 7 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 g
  • Carbs 15 g
  • Sugar 8 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 110 mg