Struffoli (singular: struffolo) are a traditional christmas dessert here in Naples and the surrounding region! They’re small sweet dough balls, deep fried and coated with honey.
They’re one of my favorite sweet dishes ever, and they’re extremely easy to make, so I’m sharing my recipe!
- 500g of flour (I use Schaer's Mix C, but it doesn't matter, any all purpose will do!)
- 5 eggs
- about 40 g of butter
- about 75 g of sugar
- 1 pinch of cinnamon (or more - only you know how bland your 5 yrs old cinnamon is)
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- grated zest of 1 orange
- 50 ml of Strega liqueur (a bit of hard liqueur helps with the pastry, and this traditional one has a lot of spices, so helps in giving them a nice aroma. You could probably substitute with a more flavourless hard liqueur and add some more aromas on the side imo!)
- 1 pinch of baking soda
- 1 pinch of salt
- honey (the liquid kind)
- (and sprinkles and candied fruit if you like them, to decorate!)
You just need to mix everything together and make a dough - it should be pretty soft and easy to work with, like play dough.
The canonical way to make the lil balls is to roll the pastry into thin sticks, then cut them in half a cm little pieces. In my household we actually roll them into balls, probably because we like to suffer.
Then you deep fry in a small, tall pan full of oil, until they’re golden all over. Once the whole batch is done, you can mix them in a big bowl with honey, candied fruit, and sprinkles!