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Tips and recipe for preparing the perfect Carnival rags!

Carnival rags

Unmissable at this time of year, here is the quick recipe for Carnival cenci, the typical desserts of Tuscany.

Their name changes depending on the Italian region, but the basic easy recipe remains the same. We are talking about the renowned chiacchiere, which absolutely cannot be missing from your Carnival desserts. In Tuscany , they are called cenci fritti, made with a very elastic dough and covered with lots of icing sugar. Making them at home is very easy and you only need a few ingredients. In just a few steps, you can have delicious Carnival rags with white wine, so mouth-watering!

Put on your apron and let's go !

Carnival rags
Carnival rags

Preparation of the recipe for Carnival rags

  1. Pour the eggs and sugar into a bowl and whip them with electric whisks.
  2. On a pastry board, pour the flour (sifted) into a fountain. Make a well in the center and add the baking powder.
  3. Add the beaten eggs, white wine, grated lemon zest and a pinch of salt.
  4. Mix the ingredients, kneading with your hands.
  5. Cut the butter (at room temperature) into cubes and add it to the mixture.
  6. When you obtain a homogeneous and elastic dough, cover it with a cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes .
  7. Next, flour a work surface and begin rolling out the dough with a rolling pin.
  8. Once you have obtained a very thin and rectangular sheet of dough, fold it on itself (in two) and roll it out again to thin it.
  9. Repeat this action 4 times . Finally, you must obtain a sheet of approximately 2 mm thick . These are the secrets to having beautifully puffy Carnival rags.
  10. With a serrated wheel, cut out many small rectangles (of various sizes) from this dough. Make a cut in the center of them.
  11. Fill a pan with oil and place it on the heat to heat it. To have perfect frying, fry 4 sweets at a time (no more). When one side is perfectly golden, flip them over and brown the other. Remove them before they can darken.
  12. When they are cooked, drain them and place them on a tray covered with absorbent paper. When they are warm, cover with icing sugar and serve.

To make this recipe lighter, prepare the baked Tuscan Carnival cenci. After cutting the dough into rectangles, place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 20 minutes .


Serve Tuscan sweet cenci at Carnival banquets and delight everyone with this simple preparation. You can store them in a tin box for 1 week .

Another spectacular and tasty idea is the recipe for sweet Carnival masks !

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