Friday, December 20

BAKE IT: Italian Honey Balls (Strufoli)

Little morsels of fried dough, covered in honey, and all around tasty! That is probably perfect and only description someone will ever need to Strufoli. A perfect Italian dessert for any holiday meal.

Full time 1-1 1/2 hours
Serves 8-10

You will need: 

5 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt

For topping:
2 1/2-3 cup honey
1/4 cup colored sprinkles or non parels or candied fruit pieces (more traditional but not my favorite)

For cooking:
3 cups vegetable oil

Let us begin:

In a large bowl pour flour and make a hole in to center.

Add eggs, egg yolk, shortening, sugar, baking powder, and salt into the hole.

Mix dough with hands until an even texture forms.

Lightly flour a working surface.

Gently shape 1/2 tsp size dough balls between palms of hands and place on floured surface to rest.

While these rest pour oil into a heavy bottom pot and heat to 370'.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels and place a wire rack on top of it.

Once oil is heated, gently drop 6-8 balls in and allow to cook for 30-40 seconds until golden brown. Rotating once to brown evenly on both sides.

Remove from oil with slotted spoon and place on wire rack to allow oil to drip off.

Continue until all dough is fried.

When your all done with the frying.

In a larger pot place honey and gently melt over low-simmer.

Once honey has thinned out, approximately 3-5 minutes add the balls into the pot 1/2 at a time.

Stir to fully coat balls with honey.

Remove to serving or storage plate.

Once all balls are fried, pour extra honey over the top.

Serve and cheers!