Sunday, October 6, 2013

Italian strufoli or Honey Balls

Italian Strufoli Honey Balls
An Italian Christmas Favorite
  • 2 1/2 c flour                                                                                               
  • 4 eggs                                                                                                
  • 1 egg yolk                                                                                               
  • 1/4 c shortening                                                                                               
  • 1/2T sugar                                                                                               
  • 1T baking powder                                                                                               
  • dash salt                                                                                               
  • 1/2 t. lemon zest                                                                                               
  • 2 C vegetable oil                                              
  • 1 1/2 C honey                                                                                               
  • 1t orange zest                                                                                               
  • colored sprinkles
  • almond slices and candied cherries (optional) 

  • Place flour on board, making a well in the center.
  • Place eggs, egg yolk, shortening, sugar, salt and lemon peel into the well.
  • Mix well, working the dough with your hands.
  • Shape into very small balls, the size of marbles.
  • Let the dough balls rest about 15-20 minutes, covered with damp paper towels, while you heat the oil in a deep stock pot.
  • Drop the balls, a few at a time into the hot oil (350 degrees) until golden brown.
  • They'll float, just turn them around a bit for even browning.
  • Melt honey in a saucepan and add orange zest.
  • As soon as the balls are fried, take them from the oil directly to the honey pot
  • Lift them out of the honey with a slotted spoon, placing them on a serving platter
  • Sprinkle with sprinkles while the honey is warm.

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