Italian Honey Balls (Strufoli)

Italian Honey Balls (Strufoli)


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These biscuits are also known as strufoli. If pine nuts aren't available, use slivered almonds instead.


Serves: 8 

  • 65g butter
  • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts
  • 80g multicoloured sprinkles

Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

  1. Melt the butter or margarine over low heat. Mix together in a large bowl 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Add sugar, baking powder, lemon rind and salt. Make a depression in the middle. Drop into it the eggs and the melted butter or margarine. Mix with a wooden spoon and then with the hands until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour as needed. Knead dough on floured surface until it isn't sticky anymore.
  2. Break off pieces of dough and roll into ropes about the size of a pencil. Cut into pieces 5mm long. Roll these pieces into little balls and set aside.
  3. In deep frying pan, heat oil about 5cm deep. Fry balls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 1/2 cups of pure honey to a boil. Let honey boil gently for about 3 minutes before adding little dough balls, stirring gently with wooden spoon until they are well-coated.
  5. Remove balls from honey with a slotted spoon and place in a deep dish or mound them on a platter. Sprinkle surface evenly with nuts and multicoloured sprinkles. Cool.

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