Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The English translation of Pizza Fritta is Fried Dough. This a a treat you usually can get at a street carnival, an outdoor faire, art show or something of that nature. It is deceptively simple to make. In an Italian household, it's a treat, something you whip up in a flash when people get the "hungries". It would be of the same nature as popcorn. Something you whip up for a snack while watching football or a movie or to nosh on out on the patio while the kiddies are on the swing set.
The only ingredients you'll need are a tube of PILLSBURY CRUSTY FRENCH LOAF from the dairy section of your supermarket, a bit of oil for frying, and granulated sugar for sprinkling.
Put about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into a brown lunch size paper bag and set aside. I let the bread dough come to room temperature before cracking open the tube. I lay the dough out on a flour sprinkled counter. Heat 3-4 tbs. of bland oil (canola or vegetable) on medium heat. Cut off a small portion (1" to 1.5") of the bread dough with the kitchen shears. I roll out that piece with the rolling pin, then I stretch it with my hands until it is stretched as much as possible without tearing. Immediately fry it on both sides, in the oil. You want to see a golden brown color and the dough bubble up. Drain on paper towel for a couple minutes. Then shake it in the brown paper, sugar filled lunch bag. Remove and set on a serving dish until all the dough is used up in the fashion.
Optional: a bit of cinnamon can be added to the sugar.
I got one dozen pizza fritta from one tube of French Loaf.
It's messy and addictive, therefore, very wise to eat outdoors. I guarantee your children and grandchildren will have special memories of this treat and often request it when they come for a visit.........
Note: If the oil in your fry pan begins to have burnt flour sediment, change pans and use fresh oil. Always being careful not to burn.