Half-term Inspiration, Carnival Style
Bring a taste of the Italian carnival to your home this half-term with this delicious Crostoli recipe! Making crostoli is a fun activity to try with kids and we guarantee everyone will enjoy eating these more-ish snacks.
Be sure to make plenty because they disappear quickly!..
Crostoli are a sweet, doughy treat, typically eaten during Italy’s carnival. Carnival lasts for 6 days every year and ends on Pancake Day which, in Italy, is known as ‘Fat Tuesday’, making it the perfect time to try these sweet treats.
For the Crostoli, you will need:
- 500g plain flour (plus extra for rolling the dough)
- 3 eggs
- 80g caster sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 30g unsalted butter, melted
- 45ml of brandy, grappa, or rum (you can swap in milk to make them more child-friendly)
- sunflower oil, for frying
- icing sugar, for dusting
(The first 5 steps can be done by anyone but we recommend the frying is done by a responsible adult!)
- Pour the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the centre
- Add all of the ingredients into the well, except for the oil and icing sugar. Using your hands or a fork, begin mixing the wet ingredients with the flour to form a dough
- Keep kneading until it feels smooth and elastic
- Sprinkle the work surface in flour and roll out the dough until it’s thin – it should be like pasta. You could also use a pasta maker if you have one to get the right thickness
- Cut into strips and crimp the ends. Pinch in the middle to create the traditional bow shape. You can make any shape you like if you feel more creative
- Fill a skillet pan halfway with the oil and put it over a high heat
- When the oil is hot, add the first batch of dough (no more than one layer) and fry for approximately 3 minutes until golden all over
- Drain with a slotted spoon and add to a plate with kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil
- Leave to cool before dusting lightly with icing sugar
- Tuck in!!
Crostoli are best eaten fresh but if you keep them in an airtight container they should last for a few days.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.. And if you really want to bring carnival to life in your home, why not also try to make traditional Venetian masks?!