Ever since I was a little girl I loved eating these tasty honey balls, also known as struffoli, at Christmas. The dough isn't super sweet but the honey it's soaked in sure is, & there really isn't anything better except for the special sprinkles that I hoard specifically for decorating these every Christmas.
It's become tradition that I now make honey balls with my Great Grandma Borgia's recipe for Christmas Eve at my grandparent's house (for the 7 fishes!). Like the food we eat at Christmas I feel it all tastes better when it is shared, so I'm sharing this family recipe with you!
Click through for our family recipe.
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon (warm) water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- Oil for frying
- 2-3 cups honey
- Beat the first 5 ingredients together.
- Sift flour & baking powder together.
- Make the sifted mixture into a well.
- Pour in the beaten mixture into the center.
- Mix well. Add in butter, until dough-like.
- Turn dough onto floured board.
- Knead until smooth (add flour if needed).
- Cover & let rest for 1 hour.
- Divide the dough in ½. take pieces & roll out into long thick strips (thickness of a pencil).
- Heat a couple inches of vegetable oil in a deep pot (I feel it cuts down on the splattering if the pot is deeper).
- Cut dough up into little pieces, about the width of your pinkie finger.
- Deep fry pieces until golden brown. Let pieces cool on paper towels or a brown bag laid out flat to absorb extra oil.
- In a small sauce pot heat honey, add orange zest &/or a teaspoon of vanilla extract for a little something extra.
- Pour honey over the dough balls.
- Top with sprinkles.
- Store in a sealed container so honey & sprinkles don't end up everywhere ;)