Delicious fried dough covered with powdered sugar, cenci are traditional sweets that are often prepared throughout Tuscany during carnival season. In Italian, their name means “rags” because that’s exactly what these haphazard rectangles look like! They’re golden, crispy, light and easy to prepare.


300 g of flour

2 eggs, beaten

100 g of caster sugar

3 tablespoons olive oil

Icing sugar

Oil for frying


Add the oil and sugar to the beaten eggs. Stir well in order to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Work the dough until it becomes very soft and smooth. Roll it out with a rolling pin so that the dough is a few millimetres thick. With a pastry wheel, cut the dough into long, narrow rectangles. Heat the oil in a frying pan and when it’s hot, add the rectangles of dough. When they puff up and become golden brown, drain them on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Finally, sprinkle them with icing sugar and enjoy with family and friends.