How to Cook Perfect Struffoli
Struffoli. Drizzle any remaining honey mixture over the struffoli. Decorate with sprinkles and dust with powdered sugar, if using. Struffoli are little balls of dough in a honey/sugar glaze, with nonpareil sprinkles.
Struffoli gets its name from the Greek word "strongulos," which means round. There are various versions of Struffoli across Italy with different names depending on the region. The struffoli can then be put into whatever serving dish you like. You can have Struffoli using 14 ingredients and 11 steps. Here is how you cook that.
Ingredients of Struffoli
- It's 341 g of Unbleached All Purpose Flour,.
- You need 3/4 TSP of Baking Powder,.
- It's Pinch of Sea Salt,.
- Prepare 80 g of Unsalted Butter,.
- Prepare of Fresh Orange Zest, 1 Orange.
- It's 17 g of Demerara Sugar,.
- You need 16 g of Light Muscovado Sugar,.
- Prepare 3 TBSP of Cointreau,.
- You need 3 of Eggs,.
- Prepare of Canola / Peanut / Vegetable Oil, For Frying.
- It's 200 g of Pure Honey,.
- It's 1 Handful of Almond Flakes,.
- You need of Sprinkles, For Garnishing.
- You need of Maraschino Cherries, For Garnishing.
I use one with a lid as they should be covered when stored. In my house that is on the kitchen island for easy munching. After they have sat over night they will need a good stir as the honey sets to the bottom. They may need more honey as well as they absorb it as they sit.
Struffoli step by step
- In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine well. Melt butter in a sauce pot. After melting, weigh again. If the weight is lesser than 80g, add some canola or peanut oil..
- Infuse the melted butter with orange zest. Set aside to cool down slightly. Add the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add in sugar and Cointreau..
- Stir to combine well with a fork. It should resemble wet sand consistency. Add in eggs, combining 1 at a time. Use a spatula to combine well. Once it comes together into a dough, knead lightly inside the bowl to pick up all the nooks and crannies..
- Form into a ball. Cover with a damp lint-free towel. Set aside to rest for 30 mins..
- Pinch a small dough and roll it into a long log with a small diameter of about 1/4 inch. Slice into 1/4 inch pieces. Roll each piece into small balls and set aside..
- Repeat the process for the remaining dough. *Cover all the dough with damp lint-free towels to prevent from drying out.* In a dutch oven over medium heat, add about 2 inches of oil. *You can check the temperature of the oil by inserting a wooden chopstick into the oil. If bubbles start forming around the chopstick, the oil is ready for frying.*.
- Gently drop the dough balls into the oil. Using a spatula or a chopstick to gently move the dough balls around. This is to prevent them from sticking to one another. Do not crowd the dutch oven. Fry in small batches..
- Fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove the dough balls using a spider. Set aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off excess oil. Repeat the process for the remaining dough balls..
- Set aside to cool down slightly for about an hour. In a sauce pot over medium heat, add honey. Once bubbles start to form around the edges and the honey becomes runny water-like, add in the fried dough balls..
- Using a spatula, mix to coat the dough balls well with the hot honey. Add in almond flakes and mix to combine well. Once almost all the honey has evaporated, remove the mixture onto a cake stand or a serving plate..
- Using a spatula to shape into a wreath shape. It should be sticky enuff to hold it's shape. Careful as it is still extremely hot. Scatter some more almond flakes and sprinkles over the top. Garnish with some cherries. Set aside for at least 2 hrs before serving..
Struffoli, or tiny balls of crisp-fried dough, are either shaped like a wreath or piled into a pyramid. They're topped with a honey glaze and colorful candy sprinkles or candied fruit. The treat is now an absolute requirement at the end of a traditional Neapolitan Christmas Day dinner. Struffoli is a Neapolitan dessert made of deep-fried sweet dough and its Ferrara's specialty! Check out this video to watch how it's made.