Lovers' Knots - Tuscan Fried Pastries


The word cenci literally means "rags and tatters".

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • grated rind of 1/2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons wine
  • lard or oil for deep-frying
  • confectioners (icing) sugar
OO  Mixing bowl, rolling pin, deep frying.

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter. Add the sugar, eggs, salt, lemon rind and wine, and work to a fairly stiff but very pliable dough. If it is too stiff, add a little more wine. Knead well and leave in a cool place for 1 hour wrapped in a cloth.
  2. Roll out rather thinly, and cut into rectangles about 3 by 4 1/2 inches. Make three lengthwise cuts in each rectangle. The effect should be of 4 thin strips joined at each end - these strips can then be intertwined to look like knots. Fry the strips or knots, two three at a time, in plenty of hot lard until puffed up and golden. Drain on paper towels and when cold sprinkle with sifted confectioners' (icing) sugar.
  3. Cenci can be served alone or with a fruit salad, cold mousse or a similar type of dessert.
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