Struffoli, Neapolitan deep fried balls of dough, are an absolute requirement at the end of Christmas dinner.
STRUFFOLI (Honey Balls) - Neapolitan deep fried balls of dough
- 2 cups flour, all-purpose
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup liquid honey
- candy sprinkles
Mix the flour with the baking powder.
Whisk together sugar, vanilla, eggs and butter. Add flour mixture and make a soft dough. Roll out the dough into small quantities. Cut dough into 1/2-inch strips and cut 1/2-inch pieces from the strips. Roll each piece into a small ball.
Put vegetable oil into a large pot and bring to 175 C (350 F). Fry the dough in four or five batches until it is golden all over. Place onto a baking pan lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Warm the honey in a saucepan. Drizzle the struffolli with the honey, sprinkle with candy sprinkles.