This week at Jersey Moms Blog, in honor of Mother’s Day, we are sharing our mother’s and/or grandmother’s best recipe.
My mother, by her own admission, was not much of a cook. She was a depression-era German who married into an Italian family and envied all that was Italian, however, every Christmas she painstakingly made Struffoli (crisp, fried dough balls). They’re tiny and easy to snack on and addictive. Break the Italian tradition and make it anytime. Oh, and don’t even THINK it’s health food!
Struffoli (serves 12…maybe)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 fluid ounce whiskey (rye, bourbon, or Canadian is fine but not Scotch)
3 cups honey
oil or shortening for deep frying
multi colored sprinkles (the little round hard sprinkles – NOT the soft elongated ones used on ice cream)
1 Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
2 Add all liquid ingredients (except honey) to dry to form a dough.
3 Knead dough well.
4 For balls roll dough out in 1/4 inch round strips like pencils.
5 Cut the pieces at small intervals with an angle cut.
6 Deep fry until golden brown.
7 Drain on paper towels.
8 Heat honey in a microwave until it starts to thin out and become pourable.
9 Add balls to the honey and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sprinkles.
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog by MomsCrayon, a New Jersey mom.
Photo credit given to Staten Island Food and Wine.