Florentine Carnival Cakes

risoSchiacciata alla fiorentina (sweet flatbread), cenci (strips of fried pastry) and frittelle (sweet fried rice balls) are the kings and queens of the Carnival, gastronomically speaking. Children’s joy, but loved by everybody, they exhibit themselves in bakeries and pastry shopsSchiacciata alla fiorentina (sweet flatbread), cenci (strips of fried pastry) and frittelle (sweet fried rice balls) are the kings and queens of the Carnival, gastronomically speaking. Children’s joy, but loved by everybody, they exhibit themselves in bakeries and pastry shops
The schiacciata alla fiorentina is really the typical cake of the Carnival period, so much so that you just need to move for a few kilometers and you won’t find it! Once it was called schiacciata unta (gres flatbread) because it was prepared with lard. In pastry shops, it can be found either plain or cut in half and filled with whipped cream or Chantilly cream.
Carnival cakes are generally fried: and, therefore, here are those who are called Cenci in Florence, but are known throughout Italy with different names, such as chiacchiere, frappe or sfrappole. They are strips of fried pastry, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Finally, there are the frittelle di riso (fried rice balls), traditionally made for the feast of St. Joseph, but now fully included in the group of Carnival cakes. They can be found plain, with raisins, filled with confectioner’s cream…
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