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Tortelli di Carnevale (Italian Carnevale Doughnuts) Recipe

Tortelli di Carnevale (Italian Carnevale Doughnuts)


Doughnuts made with grappa and anise-flavored liqueur, called tortelli, are a traditional treat made at the Italian festival Carnevale.


  • 12 fluid ounces water
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 fluid ounces anise-flavored liqueur
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grappa
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups lard, or as needed


  1. Combine water, butter, and salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in flour until well mixed. Return saucepan to medium heat; cook and stir until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the saucepan, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and stir anise-flavored liqueur, sugar, grappa, and lemon zest into dough. Cool dough to room temperature, at least 30 minutes.
  3. Beat egg yolks into the cooled dough until well mixed. Cover bowl with a clean towel and let rest for 3 hours.
  4. Beat egg whites in a bowl until stiff peaks form; gently fold into the dough until no white streaks remain.
  5. Heat lard in a heavy saucepan over medium heat or in a deep fryer. Form dough into balls the size of golf balls; fry in the hot lard in batches, until doughnuts are lightly browned and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.

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Nutritional Information

Tortelli di Carnevale (Italian Carnevale Doughnuts)

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 298.9
% Daily Value *
protein: 11 %
carbohydrates: 10 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 3 %
fat: 22 %
saturated fat: 36 %
cholesterol: 31 %
vitamin a iu: 6 %
niacin equivalents: 21 %
vitamin b6: 3 %
vitamin c: 2 %
folate: 15 %
calcium: 2 %
iron: 9 %
magnesium: 3 %
potassium: 2 %
sodium: 2 %
thiamin: 23 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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