Making and enjoying these with my family is a part of our set-in-stone family tradition around the holiday season. My roots are in Naples, and while...
A Neapolitan Christmas specialty, they are little fried dough balls dipped in honey. In Italy they are traditionally eaten during the holidays.
The claim that anything tastes good when fried is applicable to Struffoli, but certainly not the only reason why this dessert recipe rocks. Even without the fried part, this dough recipe is exceptional. How about upping the ante? Roll the dough out and deep fry it in sunflower oil - peanut oil also gives a great frying heat without weighing down dough. Now wait for your taste buds to rocket off the charts with this southern Italian dessert.
Get acclimated to the taste of tempting local honey dripping off litte fried dough balls - it's not hard to see why kids (and adults) go so crazy for the holidays - not only are there toys and gifts involved, there is also a major plethora of stupendous treats, including struffoli, to snap up and enjoy. You can personalize this dessert recipe and decorate as you wish - go crazy and add candied fruit for color, or toss on some silver nonpareils for glamour and glitz. Any way you go, you can't go wrong - your family is going to go crazy for this one!
Naples, Italy is a foodie's destination. What to eat and drink in Naples? Between pizza, desserts and drinks you'll be spoiled for choice! Coffee, pizza, fried pizza, cuoppo, sfogliatelle
By Franceca Ciancio
for 4 servings
In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and eggs. Combine so ingredients are well mixed, but don’t over-mix. Add pinch of salt, and blend in butter. Mix until ingredients are all combined but don’t over-mix.
Dough should be smooth and fairly light. If your dough feels too damp, add small additional amount of flour. Set aside and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.
Remove dough from bowl, and on floured working surface, divide dough into several uniform pieces. Shape each piece into long longs, which you’ll then cut into small “gnocchi” or dumpling shapes. Set side.
Place generous amount of sunflower seed oil in medium-sized deep soup pot. Heat oil over high heat. When thoroughly heated, add dough dumplings and fry until lightly browned and cooked through.
Remove from heat, place onto plate lined with paper towels and allow excess oil to be absorbed by the paper towels.
Place honey, sugar and water in small sauce pot, and heat over low heat. Cook until mixture begins to bubble. Adjust heat slightly and continue to cook over low heat until mixture turns lightly golden brown.
Remove from heat, add cooked Struffoli pieces to honey mixture, and blend into honey well to be sure that each piece is covered by the honey mixture.
Using slotted spoon, remove struffoli from sauce pan and place into serving dish or bowl. Garnish and decorate with selected colorful sprinkles or nonpareils. Serve at room temperature.
75 minutes 7 ingredients 435 kCal
140 minutes 16 ingredients 450 kCal
Vanessa Wednesday 2nd of September 2020
Christmas wouldn't be complete without them!
Making and enjoying these with my family is a part of our set-in-stone family tradition around the holiday season. My roots are in Naples, and while I think they must taste pretty amazing there too, I love this version and make it every year with the family. It's a great one to get little kids involved in too, as they love decorating (and eating the decorations!) and rolling the dough out. Love this version, and it's been with us for a long time now!