26 August 2011

Lidia's Crostoli


This week's look at the 50 Women Game Changers in Food is taking a look at Lidia Bastianich.  I have fallen in love with her cooking show, Lidia's Italy on PBS for quite some time.  Not only is her personality endearing, but the way she cooks and moves around the kitchen is something I wish to emulate.  

My favorite part is that she has her family on the show regularly, and her mom even acts as the sous-chef occasionally.  She has said,
"Food for me was a connecting link to my grandmother, to my childhood, to my past. And what I found out is that for everybody, food is a connector to their roots, to their past in different ways. It gives you security; it gives you a profile of who you are, where you come from."
Wonderful words of wisdom to live by.

She has a lot of recipes that are just amazing, and this one is a particularly naughty one.  It's deep-fried

And I'll be honest, I never, ever, deep fry anything.  But these lovely Crostoli's were too good to pass up.  Especially if I pawn most of them off on my family so I do not feel as guilty.



The Shopping List:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2¼ cups wheat flour
  • ¼ egg beaters
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • Zest of 1 lemon, grated
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • powdered sugar

The Method:

Making my poor woman's double broiler (a glass bowl on top of a pan with water in it) melt the butter.  Mix in the sugar, almond milk, and sea salt.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, add the wheat flour, sugar mixture, egg beater, rum, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Mix the dough for about10-12 minutes until it is not sticky.  This is important, if after the 10-12 minutes, the dough still appears to be a bit tacky, take out and kneed in some more wheat flour.  Wrap in plastic and set in the fridge for a half hour until it firms up.

When the dough is pliable, place it on a floured surface and roll out (another poor woman's touch, I use a white wine bottle to roll my dough) and make sure it is about 1/8 inch thick.  With a fluted cutter, cut the dough into 1x6 inch strips and tie each one into a loose knot.

In a wide skillet, pour vegetable oil in about two inches tall.  Heat it up, and use a little scrap of dough to through in.  If the dough starts to form bubbles in the vegetable oil, it's ready to start cooking.  Place the bows in batches, and cook them for about 45-60 seconds, flipping them about half way through or when they are golden brown.

Move the little bows over to a plate that has paper towels on it to drain, and while they cool sprinkle them with powdered sugar.


The following bloggers are also cooking up something good by Lidia Bastianich. Check'em out!

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Taryn - Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan - The Spice Garden
Claudia - A Seasonal Cook in Turkey
Heather - girlichef
Miranda - Mangoes and Chutney
Jeanette - Healthy Living
April - Abby Sweets
Katie - Making Michael Pollan Proud
Mary - One Perfect Bite
Kathleen -Bake Away with Me
Viola - The Life is Good Kitchen
Sue - The View from Great Island
Barbara - Movable Feasts
Kathleen - Gonna Want Seconds
Amy - Beloved Green




  1. A little bit of rum to take me to my happy place. These look so tasty.

  2. I've never heard of these, but they look tasty! Great post!

  3. A poor woman's double broiler is such a great name for it! That's what I've got too. These little deep fried cookies look just delightful!

  4. I also used to swear I will never ever deep-fry anything before I discovered tempura... and tonkatsu... and falafels...
    I am sure it's not the healthiest way to cook, but so delicious...
    I try to avoid it, but sometimes it's impossible.
    Your crostoli look amazing and not greasy at all :-)

  5. I haven't seen any deep-fried foods in the cookbook I have by Lidia, but I'm sure these came out good. I've enjoyed many of her recipes over the years.

  6. These crostoli look so great...I would love to be having one right now with my cup of tea. Everything in moderation...including fried foods! Great job! Nice post!

  7. I so thank you for this recipe have had them before never made them and will soon love them again thank you so much!

  8. I would love to give this traditional recipe a try.

  9. Mmmm...I love, LOOOOVE Crostoli. These have made my belly rumble, I wish I could reach in and snatch that plate. Delicious :D

  10. Mmmmm, deep fried Crostoli! I don't blame you for picking this one - and I love that you call them naughty. Makes me want them even more. They look delicious!

  11. Sounds new to me. I want this crostoli in my long line list of deep fried stuff.

  12. What a special little treat! Every once in a while I pull my deep-fryer out of the cupboard and go on a tear with the frying ... these looks like a nice addition to the list of 'guilty pleasure' recipes to use when my evil twin cries out for fried food!

    That Lidia knows her way around the kitchen, doesn't she ?!

  13. Never heard of it...thanks for introducing so well!

  14. I cannot even begin to tell you how may of these I've eaten in my life...and yet had no idea what they were called. They look delicious! We usually eat them around Easter!