Sunday, July 15, 2012

Making crostoli

We've had school holidays here the last two weeks. My kids always look forward to a few days spent at Nonna and Nonno's place hanging out with their cousins, and lapping up the Nonni's undivided
attention.
This holiday, Mum decided to get the older grandchildren, including my kids, together for a spot of crostoli making. We have crostoli whenever there is a big family get together - birthdays, christenings, Easter and Christmas. Crostoli is always made in quantity, and it's an ideal holiday activity as many hands make light work. It's no different to making fresh pasta with a pasta machine. What you get is mounds of light, sweet moreish biscuits.

Crostoli
3 cups plain flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
grated zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup grappa (or brandy, rum - whatever!)
icing sugar to dust

Heap the flour onto a clean surface. Make a well in the middle, crack the eggs into the well then add sugar, olive oil, grated lemon zest, milk and grappa. With your fingertips, slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the flour, and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover the dough ball with cling wrap and leave for an hour.


Take a lump of dough, flatten and start to feed through the pasta machine, first through the wider settings, then again a few times ar narrower settings  until the dough sheets are thin and smooth
Dough resting on clean tablecloth. With a fluted pastry cutter, cut the dough sheets into fingers, then cut a slit in the middle of each finger. Some go to the trouble of threading the dough through this slit to make a "bow". We don't seem to bother with that too often.
Fry in vegetable oil medium high heat until lightly golden.
A heap of crostoli ready to be covered in a blizzard of icing sugar. I did have a final photo, but my satellite service just doesn't want to let me upload this photo, and I have no patience to wait!
School resumes on Tuesdays, and hopefully, normal service on this blog.
If you've been on holidays too, hope you've had a good one!

3 comments:

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Those look really good Paola, will have to try it!

Alicia said...

Yum! My mum always made us these when we were kids, going to have to do it for mine, I'd forgotten all about them :)

Jacana said...

You have inspired me to try Paola. I have never seen it before or tasted it - I have been missing out by the looks of the pictures.