Thursday, 21 February 2013

Carnival Time !

Carnival is a celebration of the Christian tradition that precedes the period of Lent.It is celebrated with people dressing up in fancy dress costumes. The celebrations that characterise this period vary from country to country giving us very different traditions and cuisine. The Carnival period ends on Shrove Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

In Lucca Tuscany we are very lucky to have the famous Viareggio Carnival. So I have decided to make some carnival 'chatter' biscuits- chiacchiere. A very simple but tasty recipe.

Chiacchiere- Chatter or small talk biscuits!

500g  Self raising flour
120g  Sugar
3 eggs
pinch of salt
half a cup olive oil
30ml Limoncello liquor/sweet white wine

Icing sugar powder to decorate.
Oil to fry

In a bowl put all the ingredients and mix till you have a dough. Place the dough to rest in the fridge for half an hour.After the half an hour roll out the pastry dough trying to keep a rectangular shape.Heat up the oil in a frying pan.Make all biscuit shapes and when the oil is hot place the biscuits one by one into the frying pan, turning the biscuits every now and then until golden brown. Dry off excess oil on kitchen paper and sprinkle with icing sugar.