Today Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie proposes you a typical recipe of Carnival time: delicious sweets called “Cenci” … yummi!!
In the Christian’s tradition Carnival marks the moment of celebration before Lent, a period marked by fasting and penance; and like any respectable holiday …. it couldn’t come without sweet!
Here is the recipe for the fabulous cenci: (from the book: I quaderni di cucina senese “ Con Poco o Niente” by Andrea Maestri).
Make a dough enough firm with 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 10 gr (2,38 tsp or 0,35 oz) of butter and 100 gr (0,43 cup or 3,53 oz) of flour. Work the mixture well and roll out the dough about 3 mm ( 0,118 inches) high.
Cut the dough (you can use a small wheel for pasta or a jagged knife) into strips two fingers high and about 6/7 cm (2,75 inches) long.
Fry in hot oil, let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
P.s.: you can add to the mix (as my grandmother did) some grated orange peel or a small glass of ‘vin santo” (or dry white wine).
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