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Are you peckish? Try the mazzafame pancakes

Mazzafame pancakes

Incredibly irresistible, mazzafame fritters are one of the most loved and appreciated street food in Abruzzo.

The mazzafame fritters are a typical dish of central-southern Italy that takes a different name depending on the area. With this name they are known above all in Abruzzo where they represent the street food par excellence and are eaten as a snack alone or stuffed with ham.

Prepared with a simple dough made from flour, milk, yeast and oil, they are left to rise and then fried in boiling oil. The shape can vary from the classic circular and slightly flattened , to that of small balls to be enjoyed in a single bite. The result is however amazing, especially if tasted hot as soon as it is done.

Mazzafame pancakes
Mazzafame pancakes

How to prepare the recipe for mazzafame pancakes

The preparation is quite simple and resembles that of a traditional pizza dough. Here’s how to do it.

  1. To prepare the mazzafame pancakes, start by mixing the two types of flour with the sugar in a bowl.
  2. Separately, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and add it to the flours.
  3. Also add the oil and salt and start kneading vigorously with your hands until you get a smooth and homogeneous dough.
  4. Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it rise for 2-3 hours , until it has doubled in volume.
  5. Now you just have to give the pancakes the characteristic shape: tear off small portions with your hands and flatten them slightly on the pastry board. Continue until the dough is used up.
  6. In the meantime, heat plenty of seed oil to a temperature of 170 ° C.
  7. Start frying the pancakes, a few at a time, until they are uniformly golden.
  8. Drain them with a slotted spoon and pass them on absorbent paper before enjoying them.

The mazzafame fritters are known in Campania with the name of fried pizza and are served with a little tomato and fresh basil.


These pancakes should be consumed at the moment , as the hours pass, the pasta loses its typical crunchiness that makes them delicious. We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

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