Italian Carnival Castagnole with Thermomix

Italian Carnival Castagnole with Thermomix

This is the recipe for preparing Italian Carnival Castagnole with Thermomix, a "soft" alternative to the classic recipe.

It is a typical recipe that in Italy we prepare during the Carnival period. They are very soft sweet donuts, thanks to the presence of potatoes in the dough.

Fragrant and delicious ... be careful ... you could eat one after the other!

Castagnole are fried sweets from the Carnival period which, like chiacchiere, have different names depending on the region where you are: castagnole, zeppole or Milanese tortelli.

This version has a little yeast and slightly longer rising times. If you are short on time, of course, you can increase the amount of yeast.

You can eat the castagnole soon as they are ready, well hot, together with a hot chocolate cup or with whipped cream.


- 500 g water + as needed to dissolve the yeast
- 250 g potatoes
- 1 untreated organic lemon (zest)
- 50 g sugar
- 500 g plain flour
- 100 g unsalted butter
- 20 g rum
- 3 eggs
- 1 pinch of salt
- 10 g fresh yeast
- Oil for frying to taste
- Powdered sugar to decorate

Let's cook!

Pour 500 g water into the mixing bowl, place 250 g of peeled and chopped potatoes in the basket and place it in the mixing bowl. Cook 20 Min. Varoma Temp. Speed 1.

Let the potatoes cool.

Empty the mixing bowl and turn it upside down so that the water drains well.

Put 50 g sugar and the zest of 1 organic lemon in the dry mixing bowl and chop 10 Sec. Speed 10. Set aside.

Put 100 g unsalted butter and melt 2 Min. 70C Speed 1.

Add the flavored sugar set aside and the potatoes and chop A few Sec. Speed 5. Until the potatoes are pureed.

Add 500 g plain flour, 20 g rum, 3 eggs, salt to taste, 10 g fresh yeast dissolved in a little water. Knead 2 Min. Dough Mode

Put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a shower cap or plastic and let rise until doubled in volume.

Dip 2 teaspoons in water and with these take from the dough to form a ball.

Fry the balls in hot oil: when they come up to the surface it means that they are ready.

Drain on absorbent paper.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.


You can also roll the castagnole in granulated sugar.

Instead of rum, you can put another liqueur in the dough.

Translated from the Italian recipeCastagnole con patate
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