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Stuffoli / Pignolata (Honey Balls)

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Struffoli Napoletani (Pignolata)
Honey Balls (Napeletani-style)
by James Belardo

This classic family holiday treat was passed on to me from my mother. TRaditionally served on one platter shaped like a ring, we decided to make individual servings so are using decorative cupcake liners.
Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tsp lemon and/or orange zest
1 cup honey
colored sprinkles
grape-seed oil (frying)
Shortening (frying)
Directions

1. Mix the eggs and zest together with a fork, do not mix too fast. When a smooth consistency is achieved, set aside
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2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
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3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix.
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4. Place the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth, add more flour if needed.

5. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with an over turned bowl, and let rest for 30 minutes.
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6. Cut the dough into 1/2 inch slices.  Roll each slice between your palms into a 1/2 inch thick rope and cut the rope into 1/4 inch nuggets.  If the dough feels sticky, use a tiny bit of flour to dust the board or your hands.
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7. Pour about 1 inch of oil into a wide heavy saucepan or a deep fryer. Heat the oil to 370F or until a small bit of dough dropped into the oil sizzles, swims rapidly around the pan, and turns golden brown.  Slip just enough struffoli into the pan to fit without crowding.
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8. Fry, stirring once or twice with a slotted spoon, until crisp and evenly golden brown, 1 or 2 minutes.  Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Continue with the remaining dough.
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9. When the struffoli are all fried, gently heat the honey just to simmer in a large saucepan.  Remove from the heat.
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10. Mix the citron (orange peel and lemon peel) candied cherries, almonds to the stuffoli.
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11. Fold the honey into the stuffoli.
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12. Plate the struffoli in the way you like and decorate with the multi-colored sprinkles
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Enjoy
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Written by Zio James

January 25, 2016 at 5:32 PM

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