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Carnival in Tuscany: 4 addictive desserts

Four recipes by the best Tuscan foodies on the web to celebrate Carnival like a local

Carnival in Tuscany means parade floats, masquerades but also very special and fanciful sweet specialties. Find out here four recipes by the best Tuscan foodies on the web to celebrate Carnival like a local: 

Cenci - Credit: Aurelio Barattini

Cenci are the most popular treats during Carnival. They are made with fried dough and covered with powdered sugar. In tuscan, their name means ‘rags’ because that’s exactly what they look like. Find out here Aurelio's recipe.

Schiacciata alla Fiorentina flat cake
Schiacciata alla Fiorentina
Schiacciata alla Fiorentina - Credit: Giulia Scarpaleggia

"During Carnival time it appears in every bakery, pastry shop and bar in Florence. There is even a real competition aiming to nominate the best Florentine schiacciata". Find out here Jul's recipe.

Berlingozzo cake
Berlingozzo - Credit: Emiko Davis

"A humble, plain cake, quite dense like a pound cake. It’s unusual name comes from a Tuscan word with German origins, berlingaccio, which means Fat Thursday." Check out here Emiko's recipe.

Rice fritters or Frittelle di riso
Frittelle di Riso
Frittelle di Riso - Credit: Judy Witts

Rice, milk, sugar, lemon peel...rice fritters are made starting for Carnival and lasting through St Joseph Day. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside "frittelle di riso" are absolutely addictive.   Check out Judy's recipe.

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