Italian Honey Balls- Traditionally served at Carnevale & Holidays

3 cups flour

4 eggs, beaten

¼ cup butter

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 ½ cups honey

2 ounces candy sprinkles

  1. Melt the butter or margarine over low heat. Mix together in a large bowl 2-1/2 cups of the flour. Add sugar, baking powder, lemon rind and salt. Make a depression in the middle. Drop into it the eggs and the melted butter or margarine. Mix with a wooden spoon and then with the hands until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour as needed. Knead dough on floured surface until it isn’t sticky anymore.
  2. Break off pieces of dough and roll into ropes about the size of a pencil. Cut into pieces 1/4 inch long. Roll these pieces into little balls and set aside.
  3. In deep frying pan, heat oil about 2 inches deep. Fry balls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring 1-1/2 cups of pure honey to a boil. Let honey boil gently for about 3 minutes before adding little dough balls, stirring gently with wooden spoon until they are well-coated.
  1. Remove balls from honey with a slotted spoon and place in a deep dish or mound them on a platter. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Enjoy! Best eaten same day.

 

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