Chiacchiere (mardi gras fritters) in lipidomic key

Chiacchiere (mardi gras fritters) in lipidomic key

Nutri lipidomica

New lipidomic recipe for Carnival

Chiacchiere, also called frappe or crostoli, are a poor cake for simplicity and number of ingredients. The origin dates back to ancient Rome where, on the occasion of the Saturnali, sweets made of flour and eggs were prepared and fried in pork fat (were called frictilia).

The basic recipe has not changed much apart from typical regional variations such as the means of frying, which has passed from lard to various types of vegetable oils, or Marsala used to flavor and make crumbly the sheet of pasta that can be replaced by white wine, grappa or vinsanto.


Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 125 g soft wheat flour type 2
  • 20 g honey
  • 15 g Marsala
  • 20 g extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 5 g lemon zest
  • 5 g baking powder (for sweets)
  • 1 teaspoon of organic powdered coconut sugar


Pour out the flour on a pastry board, add baking powder, grated lemon zest, honey, olive oil, egg. Mix everything with your hands and add Marsala until the ingredients are well mixed. Leave the covered dough to rest in the fridge for about 40 minutes.

After the resting time, put the dough on the pastry board and roll out a 2-3 mm thick sheet of dough. Using a festooned wheel, cut out some rectangles, creating another cut in the centre.

Place the rectangles in a baking sheet and bake at 150° C until golden brown. Place on a plate and sprinkle with powdered coconut sugar.

Nutritional values per recipe:

gramm 250
Calories 814
Carbohydrates 113,4
Sugars 23,6
Total fats 27,6
Saturated fats 5
Monounsaturated fats 16,8
Polyunsaturated fats 3,24
Cholesterol 0,21
Fiber 8,63
Proteins 22,2
Salt 0,53
Alcohol 2,1

Nutritional values per portion (30g):

gramm 30
Calories 97
Carbohydrates 13,6
Sugars 2,83
Total fats 3,31
Saturated fats 0,6
Monounsaturated fats 2,02
Polyunsaturated fats 0,38
Cholesterol 0,03
Fiber 1,03
Proteins 2,66
Salt 0,06
Alcohol 0,25

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2011. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24 (

Article by:
Dr. Nicoletta Bocchino – Nutrizionist

The diet advise, written in the article, are not intended to be a substitute for a personal nutrition plan and should be adapted to specific cases.


Photo: 123RF Archivio Fotografico | ©Olga Larionova , 80879913, 2019-02-20 | ©photopips, 72770313, 2019-02-20

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