Honey Biscuit Clusters

    1 hour 15 minutes

    These are Italian biscuits known as strufoli or honey clusters. Walnuts or pine nuts also work in place of almonds.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 4 eggs
    • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
    • 450g honey
    • 1/2 vanilla bean, halved lengthways
    • 4 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate
    • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
    • 50g multicoloured sprinkles
    • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
    • 1/3 cup icing sugar for decoration

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Place eggs in bowl and beat until they have tripled in volume. Add flour gradually until well blended (do not use all the flour). The dough should remain slightly sticky.
    2. Transfer to floured board. Cut off a piece at a time. Using a little flour, if needed, roll between your hands to form pencil shapes.
    3. Cut into 5mm pieces. Place each on floured cloth. In a large pan on top of the stove, heat oil to 190 degrees C. Deep-fry pieces about 1/2 cup at a time, turning constantly until golden. Drain and set aside. (Note: after several batches, dough begins to turn brown quickly. This means it is time to change the oil)
    4. In large pan, bring honey to boil with vanilla bean. Discard bean. Place deep-fried pieces into hot honey and toss until all are coated. Cool and stir in chocolate, nuts, and sprinkles. Place on plate, shaping firmly into tall cone. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

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    Although this recipe took A LOT of work and time I really enjoyed the final product. I made this for a New Year's party and although it was a hit it was a little messy for everyone to be eating with their hands. I would recommend serving this as a unique desert at a sit down dinner so that people can use their forks!  -  13 Nov 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)