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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Frittelle di castagne



This was my last batch of chestnut flour (pity!) and I made the chestnut fritters that I always ate as a child in Italy. When I say always I mean every week in Autumn and Winter (and sometimes every day), I ate so many that for many years I didn't miss them, but now they are a special treat, as I need to source the flour in Italy!

The best thing about these fritters is that chestnut flour is naturally sweet, so no sugar is needed. Also these are vegan and gluten free, all you need is chestnut flour, water, sultana (optional) and some oil for frying. You can find the recipe here, if you can get some chestnut flour, that is :-). And if you do find it in New Zealand, please let me know!!

Photos and Recipe by Alessandra Zecchini ©

10 comments:

  1. Ale non conoscevo queste frittelle, che spettacolooo!
    Senti, se vuoi la farina di castagne te la posso spedire io, qua ne trovo una meravigliosa macinata a pietra. Fammi sapere!

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    1. Chiarina, sei troppo gentile! Ma lascia perdere perche', a parte il peso della spedizione, è molto probabile che me le confischino alla dogana (niente prodotti agricoli per posta)! Quando vengo in Italia ne prendo sempre un po' (dev'essere sigillata e commerciale, non sfusa) e poi la dichiaro all'entrata. E' il modo più sicuro per farla passare.

      Grazie comunque, dev'essere buonissima la tua macinata a pietra!

      Prova le frittelle e fammi sapere!

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  2. Ciao Alessandra, we really loves castagnas and I dont have idea about this recipe cara, Gerardo is his favorites desserts with chestnuts unfortunatelly this year almost we dont have them, and the other day I bought some chestnuts pure to make some desserts, besos

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  3. I had some fresh one yesterday, made a mont blanc (trial for a master class). What is Gerardo's favourite dessert?

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  4. I remember being intrigued when you wrote once about chestnut flour a long time ago. I've still never come across any in New Zealand, but I would love to try these if I ever find it.

    My post and linky for Sweet New Zealand is now open - you can find it here http://couscous-consciousness.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/sweet-new-zealand-23.html

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Sue xo

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    1. Alessandra, just stopped by again to tell you I was shopping at the Mediterranean Food Company in Christchurch today and came across chestnut flour. I've snapped some up so that I can give this a try. They do have an online shop, cut I can't see chestnut flour anywhere, but I'm sure if you phoned or emailed them you would be able to get them to send you some. You can check out their website here: http://www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz/index.php

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  5. Thank you so much for hosting Sue, I'll update all the links now!

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  6. Appena ci saranno di nuovo le castagne le proverô , non le conoscevo...baci :)

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  7. Più che le castagne dovrai aspettare la stagione della farina fresca di castagne :-)

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