We are in the middle of Carnival, which is a pre-Lent festival celebrated all over Tuscany. We have several traditional recipes to celebrate. The most popular is Crogetti biscuits.
To celebrate Carnival in perfect Montalcino style, all you need is:
2,5 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of butter
A pinch of salt
¼ cup of sugar
½ glass of Il Poggione Vin Santo
1 orange peel (shaved)
4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Confectioner’s sugar or honey to garnish
Put the flour on the pastry board, mix together eggs, butter (softened), sugar, salt and orange peel. Once the eggs, butter, sugar, salt and shaved orange peel are thoroughly mixed, add Vin Santo. Then start adding flour to the mixture until you get a soft and homogeneous dough. Let it rest, covered with a napkin, for one hour.
Spread the pastry with a rolling pin, so that it is very thin. Once the pastry dough is rolled out, cut it in pieces with a rectangle or rhombus shape (about 3 inches long). Deep fry your crogetti in abundant oil until they become golden. Lay them down on absorbent paper to remove the excess oil. Then sprinkle them either with confectioner’s sugar or honey and enjoy your crogetti with Il Poggione Vin Santo.