Cartellate of Puglia or carteddate

Cartellate are traditional sweets of Puglia and are prepared during the holiday season. The mixture of cartellate is fried in hot oil and then glazed w ith honey or cooked wine.

recipe given by our chef at .

ricetta immagine


500 g flour
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
peel of an orange and a tangerine
125 ml wine (better if rosato of Salento)
75 ml water
oil for frying

These ingredients are able to feed:  About 100 cartellate, 33 servings persons


The mixture of cartellate generally consists of flo
ur, oil, sweet white wine and a pinch of salt, some
versions also puts some eggs and some of the wine c
an be replaced by water. In addition, the
mixture can also be flavored, some put a bit of liq
uor (such as aniseed), cinnamon or cloves.
I'll tell you an italian recipe offers a version of
orange and mandarin orange scented, lightly spiced
with cinnamon powder and cloves. The wine used is a
rosato of Salento, different from the classic
white wine that is generally used, it gives a darke
r color to the dough and gives it a certain aroma.
Before starting with the actual kneading is necessa
ry to proceed with the aromatization of extra
virgin olive oil, pour the oil in a saucepan and ad
d the orange peel and tangerine. Heat the oil until
the skins just begin to brown, then turn off the he
at and add the cloves and let stand a few minutesin
this way the oil will acquire a citrus scent with a
hint of cloves.
On the pastry place the flour, pour in the center t
he scented oil, remove the peel and cloves and mix
oil and flour by rubbing your hands until the mixtu
re is almost sandy. Rearrange the whole fountain,
add the cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt, pour a
little at a time before the wine and then the
water in the meantime with a fork, begin to mix the
ingredients as incorporating a little flour. Knead
for at least 10 minutes with your hands until the m
ixture is very smooth, homogeneous and elastic.
Let it sit for about an hour.
After the interval of rest, take a handful of dough
and pass it several times a roller pasta machine
thickness increased gradually reduce the thickness
to obtain a thin sheet. If you need let it dry a
little each layers.
Cut with a serrated blade wheel in strips about 3 c
m long and 35 cm, fold the strip in the direction
of greater length, pinch with your fingers to the l
eft end of the strip of dough and seal the edges,
continue to nip at regular intervals by scrolling t
he strip to the right every time and combining the
two edges of the strip, thus creating the compartme
Subsequently roll the strip on itself, as if it wer
e a girella, and then pinching joining the walls of
various rooms that are near. Continue like this unt
il it ends the streak. Finally, be a rose with the
characteristic shape of cartellate.
Fry in hot oil cartellate, before pointing upward,
then turn them over and brown them well on the
other side, then drain well from the oil and place
them on layers of paper towels.
With the leftover dough, you can also make other sh
apes, such as diamonds, or more generally,
maltagliati, which can be fried and served alongsid
e cartellate.
After the fry you can proceed with the dressing, or
rather with The frosting of cartellate with honey
or vincotto.
Put in a pot of honey or vincotto figs and let them
melt over low heat (often also slightly diluted
with water). Dip cartellate in the syrup that is fo
rmed so that it to soak completely and thereby
filling the compartments formed during the realizat
ion of the roses. Cartellate Remove from the
syrup and arrange on a serving dish.
Someone, rather than dip them completely in the syr
up of honey or vincotto, use put them directly
into a serving dish and pour over a little honey or
vincotto (we followed this procedure.) Another
way would be to not frosting at all cartellate but
sprinkle with powdered sugar.
If appreciated, you can add colored sprinkles over
cartellate much to revive the chromatically the

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