How to make it

  • Mix together the ingredients for the dough (except the oil to fry) to obtain a dough. (I have the dough blade in my food processor and that’s what I use but you can knead the dough by hand)
  • If the mixture is too dry and doesn’t stick together just add milk (a tablespoon at the time)
  • Once you have reached the right consistency (like pie crust dough) put the dough in a cling wrap foil and let it rest for half an hour
  • Divide the dough in balls of the size of an orange
  • Roll each ball on a wood surface on which you have springled flour, to obtain long strings of dough as shown in the pictures
  • Cut the string to obtain little balls of the size of a peas
  • Fry the dough balls a few at the time and let them rest on paper to absorb the excess oil
  • One all the balls (called struffoli) are fried, in a tall pan mix honey and sugar together and let the sugar melt while you continue stirring with a wood spoon.
  • Once the honey and sugar have turned liquid turn the fire off and pour the struffoli in the pan, mix vigorousely.
  • Pour the hot mixture on a plate and with your wet hands give them the shape of a big donut as shown in the picture
  • Sprinkle the powder sugar and sugar decoration on top
  • Serve cold
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    " It was excellent "
    turtle66 ate it and said...
    Ah, 'The family production line', or (Acts of Tradition) Being of Hispanic decent we too do a family production every December around Christmas time with our "Tamales" make em' and share them with family/friends. Good Post.
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    " It was excellent "
    choclytcandy ate it and said...
    i would have to call my friends over to help make this one. thanks for sharing.
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  • dora 9 years ago
    It's hard, so you slice it and lay it on the plate. I can assure you it's delitcious, it's my favourite dessert of all times!!!!

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  • erisgrrrl 9 years ago
    How do you serve this? (It looks amazing by the way!) Do you slice it and lay it on a plate? Do you scoop it and eat with a spoon??
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  • dora 11 years ago
    It is a production line cooking, in Naples at Christmas, families gather together and make big quantities to give away to friends. In my family there were three girls my mom and my godmother all at work! I was started at 5 or 6 by my granma and aunts and then continued with my mom and sisters, I really hope one day I will have a girl to keep the struffoli tradition going also here in USA.
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  • decobabe 11 years ago
    What a production!
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  • dee 11 years ago
    It sounds like a good production-line-type of cookin'. Get some of those folks who want you to make it to come over and Help.
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  • dora 11 years ago
    Thanks Dee,
    The only problem with struffoli is that it takes time to fry, you need to change the oil when it starts to make foam. Last Christmas I made the mistake to offer them to my husband friens and co-worker, they kept asking for more and after three days of making struffoli I called in sick and I swore I would never do them again, but then, I say the same thing every year and I end up making more every Christmas cause to tell you the truth I like them way too much and if there is any around the house I won't be happy until I they are gone.
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  • dee 11 years ago
    Oh My GOODNESS! That sounds wonderful. I am comin' to your house for Christmas. It ceratinly will be on my top 10 list of things to make. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
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