2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
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|
If the rope is getting longer than your board, just cut it in half.
|I even these up as one end was thicker|
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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