Minna's Favorite Recipes: Struffoli

A tasty recipe from Ciao Italia, Mary Ann Esposito’s wonderful cook book. She remembers struffoli as an Easter tradition, but for many is was Christmas. No matter; these are delicious.

3 large eggs

Courtesy of Jersey Mom’s Blog

1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup honey
Flour for dusting
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Colored sprinkles
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter and the 1 teaspoon sugar until foamy.  Sift the flour with the baking powder and stir into the egg mixture.
With you hands, work the mixture into a soft dough.
Divide the dough into 4 pieces.  On a floured surface, roll each piece into a rope about the width of your index finger and 12 inches long. 
Cut the ropes into 1-inch pieces.  Toss the pieces with enough flour to dust them lightly; shake off the excess flour.
In a deep fryer, heat the oil to 375F.  Fry the struffoli a few handfuls at a time, until puffed up and golden brown. 
Transfer with a slotted spoon to brown paper to drain. 
In a large saucepan, combine the honey and the 1/2 cup sugar and heat over low heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved; keep warm over low heat. 
Add the fried balls a few at a time, and turn them with a wooden spoon to coat on all sides. 
Transfer the balls to a large plate and mound them into a pyramid, shaping it with wet hands.
Sprinkle with colored sprinkles and let stand for 1 to 2 hours.  Then just break off pieces with your hands and enjoy.

 

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:28+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Family, Food, Ingredients, Minna's Favorite recipes, Recipes|1 Comment

One Comment

  1. Pat Mitchell December 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Well if it can be made for Easter then I will just have to do that! No time this Christmas unfortuntely- always comes too fast.

    Thanks for sharing Ed!

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