Strufoli

Italian Honey Balls- Traditionally served at Carnevale & Holidays

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation Steps:

  1. Melt the butter or margarine over low heat.
  2. Mix together in a large bowl 2-1/2 cups of the flour.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In deep frying pan, heat oil about 2 inches deep. Fry balls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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