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STRUFFOLI: THE DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS ITALIAN HONEY-BALLS

Struffoli campani are a sweet of ancient tradition, very beautiful to see and delicious.

The decoration is very important and it is made by pouring clear honey and a rich distribution of colored sugar-coated almonds, called diavolini, citron peels and candied pumpkin even though, especially outside the region, lately people tend to omit fruit.


 

 

 

YIELD: Serves 2 to 3

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3.52 oz flour
  • 0.52 oz sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2.5 ml cognac
  • 0.44 oz  butter
  • 2.64 oz honey
  • 0.88 oz sugar
  • colourful sprinkles and candied cherries as needed
METHOD:
1. Combine the flour with sugar, salt and butter in a medium sized bowl. Add the beaten egg. Add the cognac and start kneading. Knead until the dough is smooth and pliable.
2. Leave the dough to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Form into long cylinder
3. Cut the cylinder into small cubes
4. Form the cubes into balls
5. Fry in medium hot oil until light golden brown in colour
6. Place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil
7. Heat honey along with the sugar. Let the sugar melt completely.
8. Remove from heat and add the struffoli. Gently mix to coat with the honey, sugar mixture.
9. Place an empty glass or bottle in the centre of a serving plate. Arrange the struffoli all around the centre.
Top with sprinkles and candied cherries. Leave to set overnight. Once set, remove the glass and serve.
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