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Cenci (Italian sweet carnival fritters, with almond extract)
Originated from: Italy
Occasion: Carnival
Contributed by: Nina

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2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Magic baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons almond extract

Canola oil for deep frying

For dusting
about 1/4 cup icing sugar


o Mix flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together.

o Beat eggs.

o Add oil and almond extract to the beaten eggs.

o Incorporate dry ingredients with wet ones.

o Knead the dough until it is soft and malleable.

o Shape into a ball and place in a container.

o Cover the container with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 1/2 hour.

o Take a chunk of dough, and using a pasta maker, roll out the dough so that it is about 1/8 inch thick.

o Using a pastry wheel make strips of dough about 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

o Using a pastry wheel cut a slit in the center of each strip of dough.

o Heat the oil.

o Fry until golden brown.

o Drain on paper towels.

o Keep in fridge until needed.

o Dust with icing sugar prior to serving.


Photo: Mary Melfi.

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