Castagnole, a typical carnival dessert, are small balls of fried dough rolled in sugar. They owe their name to the similarity of their shape to chestnuts and are a delight for the eyes and the palate.
Originally from Emilia Romagna, castagnole are now prepared and appreciated throughout Italy thanks to their simple preparation and wonderful taste. There are numerous ways to prepare them, such as with ricotta, with alchermes, or baked, and they are all delicious.
To cook the castagnole in the oven, simply place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 350 F for 10-12 minutes. When they are still hot, dip them quickly in a small bowl with diluted orange juice, alchermes, or limoncello and then roll them in granulated sugar. Alternatively, simply sprinkle the hot castagnole with icing sugar.
How to store castagnole
It is preferable not to store the castagnole but to consume them the same day. The dough, on the other hand, can be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 1 day.