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Xkumvat tal-Karnival (Carnival Fritters)

Xkumvat tal-Karnival are fun shaped fried pieces of spiced dough covered in honey and sprinkles! The perfect carnival sweet treat.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Resting Time19 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Maltese, Mediterranean
Keyword: Carnival, Fried dough


  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 ml anis liquor or rhum
  • 20 g butter room temperature
  • 30 g sugar
  • honey
  • colourful sprinkles


  • In a bowl mix together the flour and sugar. Mix in the butter until it’s all crumbled in with the flour and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and liquor. Gently incorporate the wet mixture in the flour. Knead the dough until it’s nice and smooth. Wrap the dough in cling film and set in the fridge to rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Using a rolling pin or a pasta machine, open the dough thinly. Cut long thin strips of dough. Make a knot, twist the dough together, roll around cannoli cylinders, etc. Prepare all your dough shapes and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Fill a large pot with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to about 170°C.
  • Cook in batches for about 1 minute on each side. Place the cooked pieces on a plate with tissue paper so that it absorbs the excess oil.
  • While still warm, drizzle with plenty of honey and sprinkle a generous amount of sprinkles. Serve immediately!