Carnival Recipes Italian Cakes & Dessert Recipes


These delicious sweets are typical for the carnival period, fried and usually filled with custard take their name from cream puffs for their similarity with the French balls.



YIELD: Makes 16 to 18
  • 250 ml water
  • 1.76 oz butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5.29 oz flour
  • pinch salt
  • few drops of limoncello
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 10 oz pastry cream
1. Pour the water in a medium saucepan. Add the butter, sugar and pinch salt, let it warm.
2. When the mixture reaches near to boiling, add the flour all at once.
3. Use a wooden spoon to bring the mixture together. Keep mixing until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a smooth ball. Let cool
4. Once the mixture cools, start to incorporate the eggs one at a time. Make sure to fully mix each egg before adding the next. Add a few drops of limoncello and mix well.
5. Fry in a medium hot oil until light golden brown and puffed up. Transfer onto a kitchen towel to drain excess oil.
6.  Fill a piping bag with pastry cream
7.  Pipe the mixture into the bignole. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
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    January 27, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Can these be made & eaten the next day?

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      Eatalian Recipes
      January 27, 2022 at 11:02 am

      Yes but I recommend storing them in the fridge to keep the cream from souring.

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