Ciao amici and Buon Carnevale! Not many know, but Mardi Gras or better known as Carnevale is a huge holiday in my home country. On Fat Tuesday, people all over Italy dress up in funny and elaborate costumes and eat and dance until the late hours of the night.
In some ways, Carnevale is very similar to Mardi Gras as we know it here in the states, minus the beads and risqué traditions. Italian Carnevale is a holiday for the whole family.
This may come as a shocker, but my favorite part of Carnevale is the food. We have several traditional sweets and desserts, which you can eat on Fat Tuesday, like castagnole, ravioli dolci, and bugie al cioccolato.
Since my mother was in town today, we decided to celebrate Carnevale early and to bake some fragrant frappe. Although traditionally these crunchy pastries are fried, we decided to go for a lighter version and bake ours. We were so happy with the result! Just like the ones I used to eat when I was little.
Other than being delicious, these pastries are super easy and quick to make. It took me only 25 minutes to prepare them.
Now I will say, the recipe listed below yields just enough frappe to feed four people. So if you want to make enough frappe for a bigger party, just double (or triple) the ingredients’ measurements.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- Zest of one lemon
- Powdered sugar for garnish
- In a large bowl mix the egg, sugar, salt, oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly fold in the flour.
- Transfer the bowl content on your working area and knead the dough until smooth.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until you have a thin sheet.
- Using a pastry cutter wheel cut 1 by 3 inches long strips. Lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Let them cool down completely.
- Once done, dust the frappe with some powder sugar and they are ready to serve.
How are you going to celebrate this Mardi Gras? Hope you’ll enjoy this recipe and if you do make these delicious frappe send me a picture or share it on Instagram by including the hashtag #italicanlifefam