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Frittelle di Castagne Recipe

Frittelle di castagne

We are fans of chestnut flour and take any opportunity to implement it to delicious sweet and savoury recipe. This time we used it to prepare frittelle which can be easily prepared at home.

The frittelle, which comes from the Italian verb "friggere" meaning "to fry" are very popular throughout Italy, especially during the Carnival. These fritters are suitable fro those on a gluten-free diet as chestnut flour is one of the gluten-free flours. Before mixing flour and water be sure to sift the flour to get rid off lumps. Orange juice and zest give the freshness to this simple dessert.

Frittelle di castagne can be eaten on their own or with ricotta cheese flavoured with a dash of liqueur.

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COOKS IN: 20 minutes


  • 200 g chestnut flour
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 orange
  • pinch of salt
  • sunflower oil for frying


  1. Sift the chestnut flour in a bowl to get rid of the lumps then 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. At the end add squeezed orange juice and orange zest.

  3. Cover the bottom of frying pan with oil. When heated drop large spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil a few at a time. Fry for about half minute and turn on the other side until golden brown. If the oil is not hot enough frittelle will absorb too much oil and will become greasy.

  4. Transfer to a plate with an a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Serve while still warm!

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