Italian Gluten-Free Fried Cream: Carnival Sweets (Crema Fritta)

Embracing the Spirit of Carnevale with Let’s Eat Parma

In Italy, Carnival (Carnevale in Italian) is a season of joy, a prelude to spring marked by vibrant parades, colorful masks, and, most importantly, an array of delectable foods. It’s a time when culinary traditions come to the forefront, showcasing the rich tapestry of Italian gastronomy. While Carnevale is celebrated with gusto across the country, its essence can be experienced year-round, especially through the flavors and stories that define this festive period.

A Culinary Nod to Carnevale with Chef Ilaria Bertinelli

At Let’s Eat Parma, we capture the essence of Carnevale through the culinary creations of Chef Ilaria Bertinelli. Her rendition of Crema Fritta, a classic Italian dessert, is a nod to the festive season. This dish, with its creamy heart and crisp golden exterior, embodies the indulgence and merriment of Carnevale. Chef Ilaria’s skill in adapting this traditional favorite for both gluten-free and wheat-based diets exemplifies our commitment to inclusive dining.

The Let’s Eat Parma Tour: A Journey Through Flavor and Tradition

Our Let’s Eat Parma tour is more than a mere culinary excursion; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of Italian cuisine. As we stroll through the charming streets of Parma, we delve into a world where food is a celebration of life itself. From sampling artisanal cheeses to exploring the secrets behind perfect pasta, each stop is a chapter in the story of Italian culinary artistry.

Discovering Parma’s Culinary Delights

The tour offers a unique opportunity to explore Parma’s culinary landscape, where traditional recipes and modern innovations coexist harmoniously. Whether it’s savoring a slice of Prosciutto di Parma or delighting in a gluten-free version of Crema Fritta, each experience is curated to showcase the diversity and richness of Parma’s gastronomy.

Join Us for a Celebration of Italian Cuisine

We invite you to join us on this gastronomic journey with Let’s Eat The World. Here, every meal is a celebration, every dish tells a story, and every flavor brings you closer to the heart of Italian culture. Experience the joy of Carnevale and the richness of Parma’s culinary heritage with us, where every palate is celebrated, and every moment is savored.

Let’s embark on this adventure together, discovering the timeless flavors of Italy, and celebrating the spirit of Carnevale in every bite.

Italian Gluten-Free Fried Cream: Carnival Sweets (Crema Fritta)

This Gluten-Free Fried Cream, a classic Italian Carnival sweet, offers a delightful taste experience with its creamy center and crispy exterior. Made with gluten-free ingredients like rice flour and coconut biscuits, it's a perfect treat for those with gluten sensitivities, ensuring everyone can enjoy the festive flavors of Carnival.
Servings 8 People
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours


  • Bowl, Whisk, Stove, Rectangular Steel Ring or Baking Tin, Baking Paper, Knife, Frying Pan, Kitchen Paper.


  • 500 Grams Milk
  • 150 Grams Sugar
  • 125 Grams Wholemeal Rice Flour see note 1
  • 50 Grams Chopped Le Veneziane Coconut Biscuits see note 2
  • 50 Grams Almond Flour see note 1
  • 25 Grams Corn Starch see note 1
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • Grated Rind of 1 Lemon
  • Frying Oil
  • Icing Sugar see note 1
  • Flour for Coating see note 2


  • Heat the milk with the vanilla pod and grated lemon peel. Once infused, allow to cool and strain.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar, 1 egg yolk, and 2 egg whites. Gradually add the rice flour and corn starch, stirring continuously.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat until it thickens into a cream. Let it cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the cream into a rectangular steel ring on baking paper or a lined baking tin. Allow to cool and set, approximately 2 hours.
  • Once set, cut the cream into cubes. Coat each cube first in flour, then in beaten eggs, and finally in a mixture of biscuit and almond flour.
  • Fry the cubes in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and dust with icing sugar before serving.


note 1: For gluten-free preparation, ensure that the rice flour, almond flour, and corn starch are certified gluten-free.
note 2: For the gluten-free version, use gluten-free coconut biscuits and gluten-free flour for coating.
To adapt this recipe for a non-gluten-free version, replace the gluten-free biscuits and rice flour with standard wheat flour and regular biscuits.
This gluten-free version of Crema Fritta is a testament to the versatility of Italian cuisine and aligns perfectly with the inclusive culinary experiences offered by Let's Eat The World, especially for our gluten-sensitive guests on the Let's Eat Parma tour.


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