One of my readers asked for my family recipe for Strufoli so with my aunt’s permission, I’m posting it here for anyone with time on their hands to make these.
For those not familiar, strufolis are an Italian dessert usually made during the holidays. They are also called “honey balls”. They are really fried dough but much harder than a donut and are addictive. Once you start eating them you just can’t stop.
Let me just warn you – this is very tedious and time-consuming but well worth it. Of course, that is coming from someone who waits for someone else to make them each year and wouldn’t dream of attempting this process on my own.
Enjoy and please let me know how they come out if you make them.
1. In a large bowl mix the following:
-2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (DO NOT use Biscuit flour)
-1/4 teaspoon salt
2. In the center of the flour make a well and add the following:
-3 large eggs
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3. Mix all of it well to make soft dough.
4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead.
5. Divide dough in half.
6. Cut pieces and roll to make pencil-thick strips.
7. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces and roll into small balls.
8. Fry balls in oil till they are light brown. Turn occasionally.
9. When removing balls from oil drain on absorbent paper.
10. Warm honey and drizzle over cooled strufoli balls. Mix in colored sprinkles and almonds.