Strufoli II Recipe
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 ½ cups honey
- ¾ cup pine nuts
- 2 ¼ ounces colored candy sprinkles
step 1: Melt the butter or margarine over low heat. Mix together in a large bowl 2-1/2 cups of the flour. Add sugar, baking powder, lemon rind and salt. Make a depression in the middle. Drop into it the eggs and the melted butter or margarine. Mix with a wooden spoon and then with the hands until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour as needed. Knead dough on floured surface until it isn't sticky anymore.
step 2: Break off pieces of dough and roll into ropes about the size of a pencil. Cut into pieces 1/4 inch long. Roll these pieces into little balls and set aside.
step 3: In deep frying pan, heat oil about 2 inches deep. Fry balls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
step 4: In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring 1-1/2 cups of pure honey to a boil. Let honey boil gently for about 3 minutes before adding little dough balls, stirring gently with wooden spoon until they are well-coated.
step 5: Remove balls from honey with a slotted spoon and place in a deep dish or mound them on a platter. Sprinkle surface evenly with nuts and multicolored sprinkles. Cool.