Frittelle (sometimes called fritole) are Venetian doughnuts often served during Carnival. Similar to Tuscan bomboloni, they are round, yeast-risen fried pastries. They are a little heavy, but delicious, and go well with a good glass of sweet wine, either red or white.
Frittelle are served in a number of different forms, including Fritelle Veneziane, which are unfilled and have pine nuts and raisins stirred into the dough; as well as several filled varieties. Fillings include pastry cream, Zabaglione, and occasionally less common fillings such as Nutella or unconventional flavors like tiramisu. Fritole should be served the same day they are prepared for they become stale quickly.
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Venetian Fritole Recipe, www.bellaonline.com