Crostoli Pastries

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Crostoli are a huge part of 'Carnevale' or 'Carnival' in Italy; these light, airy fried pastries are also a favorite holiday treat for Italian-Americans. This family favorite has been handed down from my great-grandmother, who brought the recipe with her when she emigrated to the U.S. from the Veneto region of Italy.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
72
Yield:
6 dozen pastries

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons rum (Optional)

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • vegetable oil for frying

  • confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat together salt, sugar, and eggs until very fluffy. Stir in evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and rum. Gradually mix in flour; knead well with dough hook until dough begins to blister, about 10 minutes. (If dough is still sticking to bowl after 5 minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons of additional flour, 1/2 tablespoon at a time.) Remove dough, and cover with plastic wrap; set aside 20 minutes.

  2. Pour oil into a deep fryer or Dutch oven to a depth of 2 inches, and heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Separate dough into small portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough portions until very thin. Cut into long, narrow strips (about 6 inches by 1 inch). With a sharp knife, make a slit in the center of each strip, and draw one end through the slit.

  4. Fry in hot oil until puffy, blistered, and very light golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to paper towels to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
7g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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