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I assure you this is there best recipe of homemade Neapolitan fried chiacchiere. The Chatter they are a typical Carnival dessert but can be enjoyed any day of the year.

The Chatter I'm desserts known by different names according to the Region: chatter in Campania, lettuce in Lombardy, rags and damsels in Tuscany, frappe and sfrappole in Emilia, cròstoli in Trentino, galani and gale in Veneto, lies in Piedmont…. Regardless of their name, this is absolutely thebest recipe available on the web. It is about crunchy chatter on the palate and extremely tasty, the typical ones fried Neapolitan chatter. Today we will see preciselyhow to make carnival chatter with a recipe illustrated.

Because this is the best chat recipe ever?
Because it belongs to my grandmother and respects the Phlegraean tradition (Naples) and you know, here in Naples we have good taste when it comes to food and in particular desserts!

Before starting to illustrate the recipe for homemade chat I invite you to experiment with the dosage of ingredients based on the consistency of the dough: therecipemay indicate 3 eggs ... but who knows how big the eggs you will use ... I can tell you to use 400 grams of flour but I certainly can't know how your scale is calibrated ... For this, it is better if you pay particular attention to the consistency of the dough, it must be soft and moist but also very compact and workable; to get an idea, just see the recipe illustrated in our photo gallery. Quiet, certainly with the dosages I will not leave you in trouble, here are the ingredients of Chatter.

The best recipe of homemade chat: the ingredients

  • 600 grams of flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 / glass of white wine, preferably Falanghina
  • frying oil
  • powdered sugar

1) Place the flour and add the liquid ingredients (eggs, softened butter, oil and wine).

2) Add the solid ingredients (sugar, salt, grated lemon zest)

3) Mix without fear (initially with one hand, you can add the other hand only when the mixture has become more compact!). Knead until the mixture is compact and homogeneous.

If you are very slow in making pasta or do not have a pan large enough to fry Chatter all together, use cling film: when you are not working the dough, wrap it in cling film to keep it from drying out.

4) Work one piece of dough at a time:
first crush it with your fingers and then roll it out vigorously with a rolling pin (if my grandmother can do it ... you can too!). Remember to roll out the dough by directing the rolling pin in various directions. To get some crunchy chatter, as well as using a little butter (only 30 grams!), remember to roll out the dough well to obtain a fairly thin sheet. Subtle yes, but not excessively otherwise you would risk breaking the chatter in handling them.

5) All you have to do is hold a washer zigzag to give the chatter the classic jagged shape and… Fry them in abundant oil.

6) Fry them Chatter in boiling oil and place them in a colander to make them cool faster. Being very thin, it will take a few moments to cook and… because of their thin thickness, the Chatter they will not be "greasy" only fragrant and light. Remember that icing sugar should be used when the Chatter they will have cooled down, however I recommend that you try one while it is still hot!

… And here is the final result! :-)

Variants of homemade chatter

Those looking for something more original can rely on one of the many variants: the Chatter, as well as with traditional icing sugar, they can be simply covered with honey, drowned with alchermes, with whipped mascarpone, with splashes of cream or melted chocolate as a fondue accompanied by fruit.

Mistakes to avoid when preparing small talk

The most common mistakes you can make when preparing small talk are:

  • do not roll out the dough sufficiently, with the consequence of having the pastry too high and therefore not crumbly chatter.
  • use hot oil instead of hot oil, with the consequence of burning them.
  • wait too long before draining them.

How to preserve chatter

My advice is to keep the chatter inside aluminum foil so as to guarantee a duration of over 10 days.

How many calories do chatter has

The chatter provides about 220 kcal for each 40 gram serving which consists of 4 pieces. The high caloric intake is mainly due to seed oil.

The origins of chatter

The chatter has very ancient origins: very similar sweets called frictilia, were cooked in the celebrations of the Saturnalia, by frying a dough made of flour and eggs in pork fat.


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