Crescentine Fritte

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Crescentina is a typical recipe from my region, Emilia Romagna, in Italy.
Depending on what side of the region you live in, you call them with different names, one of them is Gnocco Fritto.

The dough used for this recipe is very similar to bread or pizza dough so it's very easy to make!
I am one of those MANY people who loves fried food but I don't make it often, for obvious reasons...
I saw the Fried Food Contest and I thought it was the perfect excuse to fry something! :D

So here is one of my favorite fried foods: Crescentine Fritte! (fritte = fried in Italian)

You can either make them "empty" to eat with cold cuts or cheese, or fill them with ham and cheese (or whatever you want) before frying them.
I am going to show you how to make both versions...

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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 500 gr (2.17 cups) flour
  • 25 gr (0.88 oz) yeast
  • 15 gr (1 tbs) coarse salt
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 50 ml (1.69 oz) milk
  • 70 ml (2.36 oz) liquid cream
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • enough lard or oil for frying
For the filling:
  • ham
  • slices of cheese
  • ...or whatever you like!

Step 2:

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First of all boil the water with salt until it melts.

Pour your salted water in a bowl and add milk and liquid cream then wait for it to cool down a little.

Now add yeast and sugar and melt it in the liquid, using your hands or a spoon.
I know it can be disgusting...but hands work much better than a spoon in this case! :D

Step 3:

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Add flour to the liquid and mix everything.
You may need to add a little bit of water if you feel that your dough is too hard and dry.
Remember: it must be soft but not too sticky.

Keep mixing with your hands until your dough is smooth and homogeneous.

Put it in a bowl and cover it with a piece of cloth to keep it warm. Let it rest for about an hour.
Yaaaaaayyyy !!! Congrates Linda!!! You are a finalist and a winner.
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank you Tarun!!! Again, I didn't expect it at all!
fantasyman1 year ago
waooo grazie :D questa ricetta mi ispira molta più fiducia di quelle che trovo normalmente in internet, da provare
lindarose92 (author)  fantasyman1 year ago
Wow, che bel complimento, grazie mille!! Fammi sapere come ti vengono! :)
Your cuisine is a very delicious and sinful temptation! I need a girlfriend/wife/relative one that cooks like you!
Okey...that was sexist. I think I will make your recipes by myself :-)
lindarose92 (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
haha that was funny! :D Thank you!!
You'll find someone who can cook good food for you someday, in the meantime I am sure you can make these recipes too...from what I could see from your 'ibles, you are a very good cook Mario!! :)
Okey women! Did you hear that? An amazing woman and one of our best chefs on Instructables says that I'm funny and a very good cook!

So, girls, take a number, Mario will choose! ;-)
lindarose92 (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
hahaha we should ask Jessy to open a contest for you! :D
And by the way, you are too kind, I'm very far from being all that!
Please, don't tell Jessy to open the contest! I don't want to collapse the site!! :-P

Oh, come on! You are AWESOME!!!!!! :-)
Dude3031 year ago
I love this one! With burrata ;) thanks for sharing! :)
lindarose92 (author)  Dude3031 year ago
You're welcome! I am glad you like it! :)
Mamma mia, solo a guardarle sono davvero appetitose le crescentine! Complimenti!!
Mamma mia, just looking at the crescentine are really tasty! Congratulations!
lindarose92 (author)  gabriele12111 year ago
Aah ma anche tu sei italiano allora! :D
Thank you so much!!
westfw1 year ago
Ah. "yeast", and not "active dry yeast" (based on the picture.) That explains the unusually large amount. USA chefs may need to substitute; I don't recall the last time I saw "real" yeast...
lindarose92 (author)  westfw1 year ago
Here yeast is used for bread/pizza dough, we usually use dry yeast for pies or sweet food in general.
Should I add the word "fresh" to yeast? The hardest part of writing recipes is writing the ingredients list...I always spend a lot of time in researching and I find many differences between what we use in Italy and what is used in other drives me crazy all the time! :D
Oh, let's not forget about the systems of measurement...that's even harder!!
Yummm!! looks very delicious, great to see it's not so hard to make :)
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thank you Muhaiminah!! It really is, I am sure that anybody can make it! :D
Looks Scrumptious Linda :). I love Italian food :)
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank you Tarun, I'm so glad you like it! :)
gg05631 year ago
That. Looks. So good. This looks dangerously easy to make.
lindarose92 (author)  gg05631 year ago
I couldn't have said it better :D
icsnerdics1 year ago
i can't get used of these italian recipes on instructables ahah
btw crescentine are awesome
some years ago i fell in love with crescentine with potatoe and pumpkin. :O°°°°
lindarose92 (author)  icsnerdics1 year ago
Wow, I've never tasted it with potatoes and pumpkin but it sounds so good!
gg05631 year ago
That. Looks. So good. This looks dangerously easy to make.