Carnival Roses - a divine sweety pastry to celebrate Carnival. Rose di Carnevale are sweet Italian fritters pastries shaped as roses. They’re dusted with a generous amount of powdered sugar and topped with roasted hazelnuts. They are made from a dough very similar to that of the Chiacchiere which during frying swells and fills with bubbles. A kind of bud is created that beautifully lends itself to being stuffed with any type of cream. What do you need in terms of ingredients:
240 grams of flour 00; 30 g of sugar, 2 whole eggs, two tablespoons of white wine, the grated zest of a lemon, oil for frying. What do you prepare ? Simply mix the eggs with the sugar, wine and grated lemon peel, then add as much flour as needed to make a soft, non-sticky dough. The dough must rest covered for about half an hour, then roll it out into a thin sheet from which to obtain discs of different circumference that are superimposed in three layers, from the largest to the smallest, and then engraved to give shape to the petals. The most delicate moment is frying: the roses are cooked immersed in boiling oil, held firmly in the center with the handle of a wooden spoon to form a small cavity. Once fried, they are left on absorbent paper to dry the excess oil and then decorate according to taste with jam, cream, melted chocolate and icing sugar.
In the month of Carnival, celebrating is a must, and we need to surround ourselves with every possible delight for the eyes and palate. Carnival is celebrated all over the world by mixing the ancient pagan rites of rebirth and liberation from winter with the celebrations that precede the period of Lenten penance: the word derives from the Latin "carnem levare" to remind us that, in Lent, according to Catholic doctrine, one refrains from eating meat. Of Campania origin, even if the precise area from which they come is debated, fried roses are prepared above all on the occasion of the holidays related to Carnival and are sweets loved by both children and adults, who are very reminiscent of chatter for their flavour and for cooking methods.