Italian Carnival Fritters

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READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Ed&Theresa

Tasty treat from many carnivals in Italy. Posted for Zaar World 06.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Using electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl till fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs and brandy.
  3. Beat in the salt.
  4. Add the flour and beat until blended.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until a soft dough forms.
  6. Form the dough into a ball.Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.Shape the dough pieces into balls.Wrap the dough balls with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  7. Working with 1 dough ball at a time, roll the dough ball into a 12 inch diameter round.
  8. (the dough should be very thin and almost transparent).Using a fluted pastry cutter, trim the edges to form a square shape.Cut the dough into 1-inch strips.Cut each strip in half crosswise to form 5-inch long strips.
  9. Gently stretch the strip so that you have enough dough to tie a bow.Repeat with the remaining dough strips.Gather the dough scraps, then reroll and cut them to make additional.
  10. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.Heat the oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium heat to 375 degreesF.Working in batches, fry the pastries until they puff and become golden, turning once, about 2 minutes total.Using tongs, transfer the pastries to the paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain the excess oil.
  11. While still hot, dust generously with powdered sugar and serve.
  12. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

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