Angel wings: the most festive recipe of the year!

This is the carnival pastry par excellence. Just a taste of these crunchy and tasty pastries covered in powdered sugar is enough to transport us back to our childhood.

  • Servings
    40 wings
  • Preparation time
    30 Minutes
  • Cooking time
    15 Minutes
  • Total time
    45 Minutes

Ingredientsfor 40 wings

  • 500 gr flour
  • 70 gr sugar
  • 50 gr butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tea spoons grappa
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • groundnut oil
  • powdered sugar

What would carnival be without its traditional sweets? Today we want to talk about the angel wings, the crispy pastry fries that change their name depending on the regions in which they are prepared, but whose goodness is always the same. Here is the recipe and some useful tips to prepare them!

Some tips to obtain a perfect dough.

The preparation of the angel wings is really simple and does not need specific tools: just put a little work in and you’re done!

Always remember that:

  • All the ingredients for the dough must be at room temperature (do not forget to pull out in time the eggs and butter from the fridge).
  • To prevent the flour from forming unpleasant lumps, it is a good idea to add it to the other ingredients after sieving it.
  • Rolling out the dough with the appropriate machine is the most practical solution, but if you do not have one, a simple rolling pin will be more than enough (you’ll only need a little more time).

Angel wings: how to fry them.

The angel wings are the fried pastry par excellence and, if cooked properly, the end result will be light and crunchy and not oily.

The trick is to soak the wings in hot oil (about 180°) but not too hot, for two reasons:

  • If use oil that is too cold, the sealing crust will not form, meaning that they will soak up too much oil.
  • Instead, if you use oil that is too hot, you will burn them nearly instantly.

If you do not have a food thermometer, the best way to understand when it is time to soak our angel wings is to use a grandma-trick: dip a toothpick, if it “sizzles”, it is the right time!

One last piece of advice: remember to fry just a few wings at a time, otherwise you risk lowering the oil temperature too much.

Now that you know it all, you just have to implement our recommendations, and get to work on one of the simplest and most delicious recipes there are!


  1. Put the flour in a bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, the sugar and the butter cut into dice.
  3. Start mixing and add the vanila extract and the grappa.
  4. Once you have a homogeneous dough, divide into 4 and flatten it with a rolling pin until you have a thin paste.
  5. Cut out rectangles using a pastry wheel and make a small incision in each of them.
  6. Heat plenty of oil in a big pan to a temperature of approximately 180º.
  7. Dip the wings and fry them on both sides using a skimmer until they are light brown (a few seconds should be enough).
  8. Take the wings out of the pan and let them drain on paper towels.
  9. Once they have cooled down, sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
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