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Did you know that adding sparkling water to the batter makes the fritters lighter and crispier? So, taking advantage of Ferrarelle sparkling water I’ve been given, I made delicious fritters with the quintessential symbol of autumn : pumpkin. Ferrarelle is the sparkling water of my childhood, its distinctive green glass bottle with the red label was always on my grandma’s table. Ferrarelle water gushes from the Sorgenti di Riardo, near Naples and it has a unique taste and a natural effervescence. Enjoy every fritters with a sip of Ferrarelle water.

Buon Autunno e Buon Appetito!!!

A special thanks to Ferrarelle USA

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Recipe & Photo by Ale Gambini


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tsp baking powder

5 tbs granulated sugar

1 egg 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon orange grated peel

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 shot of cognac

1/2 cup sparkling water

canola oil, for frying

confectioners’ sugar, to dust


In a big bowl sift together flour and baking powder.

Add pumpkin puree, sugar, one egg, one egg yolk, vanilla extract, grated lemon peel and grated orange peel.

Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

Add the cognac and the sparkling water and stir until well blended. The consistency of the batter should be not too firm and not too loosely.

In a large skillet heat the canola oil.

Allow the oil to reach the right temperature for deep-frying.

Dip a teaspoon into a glass of cool water than spoon a teaspoon of batter and drop it into the frying pan.

Let the fritters float into the oil until golden.

Drain the fritters with a slotted spoon and place them on a serving plate covered with paper towel.

Serve hot, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

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