Do you know how the recipe for gluten-free Carnival Fried Tortelli came about? By pure chance, while experimenting with doughs for the Cicerchiata cooked live with the Rieti and Viterbo Chamber of Commerce! Among various combinations of flour, egg and sugar, having obtained a beautiful smooth and firm dough, I thought I would try making Tortelli with plum jam.

The result? Delicious fried Carnival Tortelli! And it’s a good thing I had written down all the weights of the ingredients, otherwise I would have missed out on the doses for an ideal dough for a traditional recipe that has always been prepared in my family (usually in a version with gluten) for Mardi Gras.

Here are other recipes you can prepare for Carnival: Cicerchiata, Fried cream e Krapfen with jam.

Gluten-free Carnival Fried Tortelli

54g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for 10 Tortelli

  • 150g plum jam*, very firm
  • 100g gluten-free flour mix for bread, brand BiAglut**
  • 100g gluten-free bread flour, brand Mix B Schär**
  • 2 eggs
  • 20-30g milk (add it gradually)
  • 25g sugar
  • 15g butter
  • lemon rind
  • sunflower seed oil for deep frying


  1. Pour the eggs into a bowl, beat them with a fork together with the sugar, add the soft butter and lemon zest. Gradually incorporate the flour, stirring with a fork until the mixture is firm enough to knead with your hands. Add enough milk to obtain a firm mixture, then transfer to a cutting board and knead with your hands until you obtain a smooth, homogeneous and non-sticky dough.
  2. Cover it with cling film and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 5mm, place a teaspoon of very firm plum jam on top of the pastry, cover with another layer and cut out the Tortelli with the mould provided. Continue until everything is used up.
  4. Heat the seed oil to a temperature of 170-180°C and deep-fry a few Tortelli at a time, using a skimmer to flip them so that they brown evenly. Drain them well on paper towels.


Version with gluten of Carnival Fried Tortelli

Replace the BiAglut and Schär flours with equal amounts of 00 wheat flour and adjust the amount of milk added.

Krapfens with jam are one of my absolute favourite Carnival sweets, so much so that every year I force myself to make them only at Carnival, a resolution I never manage to keep!

In my family tradition, Krapfen are always prepared with potatoes and strictly with homemade plum jam, another preparation that is a must when the plums ripen on the numerous trees that colour our farm.

However, if you prefer to fill Krapfen with custard, you can do this using a pastry syringe once you have fried a single disc, perhaps left slightly thicker than in the recipe below.

So along with Chiacchiere and  Fried Creamit is a joy for me to share these irresistible Krapfens that you will enjoy at every bite… maybe even licking your fingers.

Krapfens with jam

carbohydrates 37.91g per 100g of krapfen without sugar on the surface


  • 500g potatoes
  • 280g plum jam*
  • 250g gluten-free cake flour mix, brand Molino Dallagiovanna**
  • 250g gluten-free bread flour mix, brand BiAglut**
  • 120g milk
  • 65g butter
  • 50g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 30g brewer’s yeast
  • grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • frying oil and caster sugar for the surface

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Knead all ingredients together until you have a smooth dough with a fairly firm texture. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1cm and cut disks of about 8cm in diameter. Place the plum jam on half of the discs, then close them with the remaining discs, taking care to seal the edges well, perhaps wetting them lightly with a finger moistened with water to make the dough ‘stick’.
  2. Let the Krapfen rest for 1.5 hours, then deep-fry them in plenty of oil and roll in caster sugar before serving.
La frittura dei krapfen

The frying of Krapfen


I krapfen pronti per essere gustati

Krapfens ready to be enjoyed

Version with gluten of Krapfens with jam

Replace the gluten-free flour (500g) with an equal amount of wheat flour and mix with just 100g milk and 2 whole eggs and 1 yolk.


Carnival has arrived, and with it the desire for the delicacies that the most colourful festival of the year brings. Children eagerly await these days not only to dress up, but also to enjoy the delicious traditional sweets that most represent this occasion: Chiacchiere di Carnevale (enjoy also Fried Cream and the Krapfen).

An important note on the presence of gluten in spirits and liqueurs. Susanna Neuhold, Italian Food Area Manager of AICexplains: “EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, following studies on distillates from cereals containing gluten, confirms that the distillation production process does not lead to the presence of gluten in the finished product, not even by contamination. Pure distillates such as cognac, gin, grappa, rum and vodka are therefore permitted. Flavoured distillates, on the other hand, may only be consumed if they are labelled ‘gluten free’. Wine and sparkling wine are always allowed’.

Precisely in order to fully experience the playful atmosphere of carnival events at the table too, I propose my version of gluten free Chiacchiere di Carneale: light, crispy and for all palates.

Chiacchiere di Carnevale

55.20g carbohydrates per 100g without icing sugar dusting


Ingredients for 6 servings

  • 350g gluten-free flour mix for bread, brand BiAglut**
  • 40g orange zest and juice
  • 30g sugar
  • 30g cognac or rum (approx. ½ shot)
  • 20g softened butter
  • 4 eggs (3 yolks + 1 whole egg)
  • oil for frying, icing sugar*

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation of Chiacchiere di Carnevale

  1. Knead all ingredients together to form a soft dough. Then cover it with cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Come tagliare le Chiacchiere

How to cut Chiacchiere

  1. Once ready, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 1mm and cut out 2cm wide and 8-10cm long strips with a toothed pasta cutter.
  2. Now it’s time to fry!

La frittura delle Chiacchiere

Frying ChiacchiereDeep-fry Chiacchiere in plenty of hot oil; drain them carefully and place them on blotting paper to remove any oil on the surface and for them to be crispier.

Le Chiacchiere fritte

Fried Chiacchiere

  1. Finally, dust them with icing sugar.
Le Chiacchiere pronte per essere gustate

Chiacchiere ready to be enjoyed

Version with gluten of Chiacchiere

Replace the BiAglut gluten-free flour with an equal amount of wheat flour reducing the egg yolks to 2.