How to Make Struffoli

Crunchy on the outside and light inside, this traditional Italian holiday dish is mixed with honey and other sweet ingredients!

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How to Make Struffoli Recipe
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• In a bowl, mix together the flour, lemon zest, orange zest, and sugar.


• Add the melted butter and mix until the dough resembles a coarse meal. Add the eggs. Form the mixture into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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• Cut the dough into 4 equal-sized pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough 1/4 -inch thick. Cut each piece into ½-wide strips.


Cut each strip of pastry into ½-inch pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a small ball about the size of a marble. Lightly dredge the dough balls in flour, shaking off excess.


• In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat. In batches, fry the dough until lightly golden, about 2-3 minutes.


• Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.


• In a large saucepan, combine the honey, sugar, and lemon juice over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.


Remove the pan from the heat. Add the fried dough ad hazelnuts and stir until coated in the honey mixture. Allow the mixture to cool in the pan for 2 minutes.


• Using a large spoon or damp hands, arrange the struffoli around a plate to form a wreath. Drizzle any remaining honey mixture over the struffoli. Allow to set for 2 hours.


• Decorate with sprinkles and cherry glacè.


50 Grams sugar 
400 Grams 00 flour 
60 Grams butter 
3 eggs 
2 Tablespoons lemon zest 
1 Tablespoon orange zest 
160 Grams honey 
cherry glacé 
sugar sprinkles 
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