>As I’ve mentioned many times, our Christmas family tradition has always been strufoli, which I believe just means “honey balls” in Italian (my Norwegian husband thought we were calling them strudel nuts).
Here is our family recipe.
WARNING: this is very time intensive. My mom always put us all to work in stations; she would be frying and we would all be seated around the table, rolling out the dough and chopping tiny bits.
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
Knead all ingredients together for 5 minutes, then knead in another 1/4 cup flour.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface and roll it out to 1/8″ thick.
Use a pizza roller to cut the dough into thin strips, about 1/4″ across.
Cut each strip into small squares, keeping them as equal in size as possible.
It helps to divide the strufoli into fry batches as you go – I had 8, divided onto small plates.
Fry each batch in 350 degree oil till golden (I use a deep fryer).
Drain them well and set aside.
Fresh fried strufoli are irresistible, and we usually end up eating a ton (thus I make two recipes at once so we can munch to our hearts’ content).
To prepare the strufoli, mix 1 1/2 cups honey, 1/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon in a large soup pot. Heat the mixture till it bubbles and then mix in the fried strufoli.
Traditionally the strufoli, once cooled, are adorned with little round sprinkles. I don’t like how those catch in my teeth, so my mom and I have always toasted sliced almonds and mixed those in, along with mini chocolate chips.