This is the most popular Carnival sweet here in Italy.
They're known with many different names from North to South, them most common is probably chiacchiere.
They're crunchy, fried, easy to prepare, really loved by children, perfect fot their parties.
2 oz. butter
12 oz. all purpose flour
1 vanilline bag
1 oz. icing sugar + some to sprinkle on top of sfrappole
milk as much as you need to knead well
knead all the ingredients untill you have a smooth and elastic dough loaf.
Let it rests covered by a cleaned dishcloth for half an hour.
Spread the dough with a roll-pin, not very thin, about 1/8 inches and cut stripes of dough of about 4 X 1 inches and with them make "knots" (you can also let them plain or cut bigger squares).
Heat a pan with frying oil, when it's hot fry the dough pieces 3-4 a time, let them cool on blotting paper.
When cold put them on a tray and sprinkle with icing sugar.
Happy Carnival party!!