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Frittelle di Castagne
Italian Chestnut Fritters

One of the simplest desserts made from the chestnut flour are "frittelle di castagne" which reminds of autumn. These popular fried treats are prepared throughout the Italy.

Frittelle are so easy to prepare by using only a few ingredients and turning them into a sweet dessert. The chestnut flour is widely used in the mountainous parts of Central and Northern Italy for preparation of a variety of food from cakes, cookies, polenta, pasta, gnocchi and many others. The chestnut flour is gluten-free making these fritters ideal gluten-free dessert.

Our simple recipe will show you how to easily prepare frittelle in just one bowl. Orange zest and orange juice both give fritters a refreshing burst of flavours. The buttery flavour and softly crunchy texture of pine nuts make them perfect addition to these fritters.

These soft fritters can be eaten on their own or with a fresh ricotta cheese flavoured with a dash of liqueur of your wish.


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Frittelle di Castagne

COOKS IN: 20 minutes


  • 200 g chestnut flour
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 30 g pine nuts
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Olive oil for frying


  1. Sift the chestnut flour in a medium bowl to get rid of the lumps, add baking powder and a pinch of salt. 

  2. Gradually add warm water and whisk everything until you get smooth and even batter. Add one tablespoon of olive oil, grated orange zest, orange juice and pine nuts.

  3. Sprinkle the bottom of frying pan with olive oil. When heated drop large spoonfuls of the batter in the pan a few at a time. Fry for about half minute and turn on the other side until golden brown. 

  4. Transfer to a plate, leave to cook for a few minutes and dust with icing sugar before serving.

Useful tips

  • Be sure to sift the chestnut flour before mixing with water to get rid of lumps. The chestnut flour can be found at your local health food store. 



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