Castagnole - An Italian Dessert Recipe

You can make these with or without the cream filling. Either way, they are hard to resist


The Pastry Cream Filler
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup granulated sugar
4 whole eggs
4 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean
2 Tablespoons cornstarch

The Castagnole
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter at room temperature
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons of rum
The zest of half a lemon, finely chopped

vegetable oil for frying, about 2 inches deep in your pot
confectionersí sugar to dust the Castagnole
Makes 60-80 depending on size


The Pastry Cream

Place half the sugar in a mixing bowl and mix with the

cornstarch. Slowly add the eggs and yolks and mix until allisincorporated.

Bring milk, cream, the rest of the sugar and scrapedvanilla bean to a boil over medium heat. Add half the hotliquid to the yolk mixture. Place this back into the rest of the cream and place over medium heat and bring to a rolling boil whilewhiskingvery fast. The pastry cream should be a little thick. Whisk for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat and thentransferto a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator before piping into Castagnoles.

The Castagnoles

Mix the dry ingredients together, except the zest, and sieve them together into a bowl. Add eggs, rum butter and zest and mix till you have a soft smooth dough. Knead for a few minutes. Cutting a piece of dough at a time, roll the dough toform 2 cm thick cylinders.Cut the cylinders in pieces of the size of a large cherry and roll them between your hands to form little balls.

Meanwhile start heatingthe oil, in a fryer if or into a deep pot. The oil is ready when it reaches between 300˚F and 350˚F. If the oil is too hot, they will brown too quickly leaving the center half cooked. Once the oil is ready fry a few Castagnole at a time until golden brown and puffed up.

Remove cooked ones with a slotted spoon. Drain on papertowels and let cool. Dust with confectionersí sugar. Fill apastry bag fitted with a round tube with the pastry cream. Pipe a small amount into the center.