Traditional Oreillettes Chiacchiere Recipe

This Chiacchiere recipe is a traditional dessert usually sold during Carnival in Italy and in France.

Traditional Oreillettes Chiacchiere RecipeIn France, they call it Oreillettes which means hears, while Chiacchiere in Italian means chatting.

If you never heard of them before I am sure you will pronounce them wrong, so here it is:

Kiakkiere, the "Ch" in Italian is pronounced k, like in Bruschetta

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Depending on where you are in Italy, you can find them under different names: Chiacchiere, Frappe or Bugie.

You can also find different versions: fried, baked, thin, large, with lemon zest or orange zest.

I like to make them using the original recipe from a renowned old Italian cooking book, where they are flavored with white wine. (Il Talismano della Felicita’ by Ada Boni - 1928)

Another Carnival fried dessert are the Struffoli o Pignolata, but many know them as a traditional Neapolitan Christmas dessert. 

Carnival food Chiacchiere and Struffoli

If you don't have a deep fryer, I would suggest Magimix Pro 350 °F - Fryer (3 L, 1.1 kg, 3 L, Single, Stainless Steel, stand-alone). It was recommended on a cooking course at Rick Stein’s in Padstow, and it is on my wish list. (affiliate link)

You can find out more about it and more fried recipe here: Deep Fryer

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Traditional Oreillettes Chiacchiere Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins

Cook Time
30 mins

Total Time
1 hr


Chiacchiere shaped like Lasagne sheets, flavoured with Wine and fried.


French, Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 527 kcal

  • 500
  • 30
    butter or vegetable shortening
  • 2
    eggs yolk
  • 1
  • 1
    caster sugar
  • 1/2
    white wine
  • 1
  • water about 3/2 cup. The amount necessary to reach right consisetncy
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

  1. Mix all the ingredients together
    Chiacchiere Strufoli mix the ingredients
  2. Add the water in very small quantities until it reaches the right consistency. 

    Chiacchiere and Struffoli dough consistency
  3. Let it rest for 1.5 hrs
  4. create long sheets like lasagne sheets. I use the pasta roller, keeping it at the first level of the rolls thickness.If you like them thinner, decrease the thickness and keep rolling.
    Chiacchiere long sheets
  5. Cut them into rectangular forms and create a cut in the center as shown. Twist them inside the center opening to give them a twisted shape.
    Chiacchiere rectangular cut in the center
  6. Repeat with all of them.
  7. Make sure they are well floured so they do not stick to the table.
    Chiacchiere make sure they are well floured
  8. Fry the Chiacchiere turning them to cook evenly.

  9. turning them to cook evenly.
  10. Place them in between paper towels to absorb the oil.
  11. Place the Chiacchiere on a serving dish, dusting each layer with icing sugar.

Recipe Notes

Calories 527 calories per serving
Fat 10 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 52 gr per serving
Sodium 359 mg per serving

*Assuming 70% increase in calories for fried food
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

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