Friday, December 23, 2011

Struffoli!

I debated about making these, but my "best friend/closest I have to a sister" really, really looks forward to these every year.  I spend Christmas Eve at her home.  So this morning I made a small batch and took some photos to share with you along with the recipe.  It is probably too late for this Christmas, but you could make a batch for New Year's.  If you can recruit an assistant, that would be very helpful.  Recipe can be doubled, but if this will be your first attempt, I don't suggest that.  


Struffoli
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 T. brandy (optional but good)
1 tablespoon melted butter


Deep pot with couple of inches of vegetable oil slowly heating up


1 cup honey
2 tablespoons colored sprinkles (confettini or 'thousand and ones')


Sift the flour, baking powder and salt onto a board and make a well.




Beat the eggs with vanilla, brandy and melted butter until thick .  Slowly add beaten eggs to the center of well incorporating flour from the sides.  You can use a fork or work with hands.  




Dough will start to form and is very sticky.  Add small amounts of flour to board and your hands while kneading until dough is smooth and elastic.  Knead until all flour is gone and dough looks very smooth.  




Cut dough in  half and check if there are tiny air holes.  My camera could not take a good photo but if you don't see any air holes, keep on kneading.


There are 3 good ones in center
Cut a slice of dough (approximately 4" x 2"), cover remainder with a dish towel, and roll the slice into a rope.  


If the rope is getting longer than your board, just cut it in half.


I even these up as one end was thicker
Cut rope in smallish pieces.  




Drop one into the pot, if it starts to sizzle and turn, oil is ready.  Add to pot and the little dough pillows do become round.  




Using a 'spider' or slotted spoon, turn them once.  When light golden brown, remove to a dish with paper towels to drain.  




When you have finished frying all of the dough, put them into a very large bowl or pot.  Heat the honey in a small pot and add sprinkles.  (I forgot to buy sprinkles as I always seem to have them sitting on a back shelf in my pantry - not this time)  You can also add some orange or lemon zest to the honey.    Pour over the struffoli, carefully turning to make sure all are well coated.




Mound the struffoli onto your serving plate in a pyramid shape (traditional) or you can put them in small aluminum loaf pans or cupcake liners.  You can top with additional sprinkles.  Keep tightly wrapped with plastic wrap or cellophane.


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Wishing all of my readers and followers love and best wishes for the holidays.


xo











22 comments:

  1. E' molto bello che continui la tradizione della cucina italiana come i struffoli,che buoni!Tanti cari auguri con tutto il cuore!Rosetta

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  2. mmm.... Merry Christmas...
    we will be driving down on Christmas morning to see my mother in Florida, so I will be gone for about 10 days.
    Love,
    Lorraine

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  3. YUM!!! Do they ship well?! LOL!! Hugs!!! :)

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  4. Those look really good.I have never heard of them. So cute and little, and the orange or lemon sounds wonderful.

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  5. I might give these a try this next week. My son and his fiance love to help me in the kitchen and try new and different yummies. And this looks like a doozie yummy. I am drooling. Have a wonderful happy Christmas and all good things in the new year.
    Love,
    Lisa

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  6. Dearest Barbara,
    Have a marvelous and merriest Christmas with your friend♡♡♡
    Blessing to you, xoxo Miyako*

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  7. I love these! My friend's Italian grandmother makes these, and I look forward to them every year!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

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  8. Bet they're great with a good strong cup of coffee Barbara! Merry Christmas:@)

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  9. Love how these turned out Barbara; great memories. Happy Holidays.
    Rita

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  10. Yummy looking.
    Wishing you Merry Christmas

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  11. YUM! They look wonderful, but they also sound like a lot of work. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  12. ooh yummy. I need to make these, but I'm such a bad kneader! May your Christmas be merry, bright and full of blessings and the new year good to you everyday. xo Marlis Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~Emerson

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  13. These look fabulous! Dear Barbara, wishing you a bright and blessed Christmas!

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  14. faboulos italian struffoli!!! ;-) well done!! Merry Christmas and Happy new year. Alessandra

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  15. These look fabulous! Love new recipes. Merry Christmas and a bright new year.

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  16. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

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  17. It would not be Christmas without strufoli, Barbara! Yours look beautiful!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,

    Pat

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  18. How yummy! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family! ♥♥♥

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  19. I've never heard of these but sounds delish! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I so hope that you've had a wonderful Christmas!

    xo
    Pat

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  20. I love struffoli! Thanks for the recipe. I never made them but hope to make them now that I have your recipe!They are very addicting and oh so yummy :D

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  21. You couldn't disappoint your dear friend! They look wonderful, and their Cmas wouldn't have been the same without them! It's tradition.
    Hope you have a great week, I am in recovery mode!

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  22. Wow, these bring back memories. Moved to Cali from NY and no one here has heard of these things. I am pinning this recipe. THANK YOU!!! Vicky from Mess For Less

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