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5 from 2 votes

Castagnole (sweet dough balls)

These delicious sweet treats are called castagnole for their shape, because castagnole in english means chestnut.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: castagnole, donut holes, Italian carnival sweet
Servings: 26 castagnole
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

CASTAGNOLE DOUGH

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (205 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (55 grams)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 zest orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter (softened) (40 grams)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon Gran Marnier or Orange Juice

EXTRAS

  • vegetable oil for frying
  • granulated sugar for rolling

Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder.  Make a well in the middle and add the sugar, eggs, zest, vanilla, softened butter,  salt and liqueur (or Orange Juice). 
  • Mix together with a fork until almost combined then move to a flat surface (lightly floured if needed) and knead into a smooth soft dough. Wrap in plastic and let rest 30 minutes at room temperature.  
  • Cut a piece of dough at a time, and roll the dough to form a 1 inch (2 cm) thick rope. Cut the rope in pieces the size of large (I cut mine very large) cherries and roll between your hands to form balls.
  • Meanwhile, start heating the oil (in a large fryer or deep pot halfway full), make sure the temperature remains between 335 - 345F (170-175C), (too high and they cook on the outside but not in the middle / too low and they remain soggy). Once oil is at the correct temperature, fry a few Castagnole at a time, until they are golden brown and nicely puffed. Approximately 2-3 minutes, but turn often so they brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels, when cool enough to touch, but still quite warm, roll in granulated sugar. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg