By: Francesca Montillo, Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures
Castagnole di ricotta, or ricotta donuts, are an indulgent treat typically enjoyed in Italy during the season of Carnival, which kicked off Feb. 16 in Venice and all over Italy. Fried foods such as chiacchiere, struffoli, zeppole or these castagnoleare traditional for this time of year as a treat before the season of fasting during lent.
Here, I dusted them with cinnamon sugar, and topped them off with confectioners sugar as well. Because, you know, two sugars are always better than one! These are best enjoyed the same day they’re made, but they should be left to cool off completely after frying and before enjoying them. Instead of the sugars, you can also opt to drizzle some fresh honey over them.
These treats are incredibly easy to make. So easy in fact, that I think you would rather choose to make them at home than getting in the car to get to the local donut shop. They only have a handful of ingredients and come together in less than 5 minutes. Kids love these, as do adults! And don’t worry, you don’t just have to make these during carnival, they’re great year round!