|Stufoli (Honey Balls)
by: Kristen Hernandez
|In honor of my mom,
Marianne, I’m printing our family recipe for one of my
favorite holiday treats, Strufoli.
Also known as honey balls, these delicate little morsels of sweetness, dotted with colorful non-pareills, are a treat that can be devoured any time of year. Make sure you use the best, farm-fresh honey you can buy. Thanks, Mom!
3 cups of all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
Zest of one orange, finely grated or chopped
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, reserving 1 teaspoon for the
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups of delicious honey
1⁄4 cup melted, unsalted butter
Oil for frying
Prepare the dough: Sift flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in zest. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, and reserved teaspoon of sugar. Make a well in center of flour mixture and add egg mixture. Using a wooden spoon, work dough until combined and separates from the sides of the bowl. Turn out dough and knead until it’s no longer sticky. Turn bowl upside down over dough and let rest for one hour.
Prepare Balls for Frying: In a frying pan, heat oil until shimmering hot on medium heat. Divide dough into workable sections.
Leave pieces you’re not working with under the bowl. Break off chucks of dough and roll into long, thin ropes about 1⁄4 inch thick. Using kitchen shears or sharp knife, cut off 1⁄2 inch pieces of dough and roll into a ball. Fry until golden brown. Drain off excess oil and transfer to a large bowl. Be sure to keep bowl warm.
Finish the Strufoli: In a saucepan, heat honey, 2 tablespoons butter, and remaining sugar. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour honey over the fried balls and toss until honey is fully absorbed.
Sprinkle with non-pareils. Enjoy!