Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac
Struffoli is an Italian dessert mostly known as a Christmas tradition from Naples, but in many other Italian regions are traditional during Carnival. #yourguardianchef #dessert #Christmas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 people
- 3 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- 4 fresh eggs
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup Cognac
- 1 cup honey
- vegetable oil for frying
Mix all the ingredients together to make the dough and it rests for 1.5 hrs.
Place the Struffoli dough over a floured surface, take a small piece of dough and roll it into a long thin shape.
Cut them into small pieces and continue with the rest of the dough.
Keep them well floured so they don’t stick to each other.
In the meantime prepare the frying pan and heat up the oil. Start frying the Struffoli until they are golden. Turn them so they cook evenly.
Place them on layers of kitchen paper to absorb the oil.
At this point you can freeze the Struffoli if you want to use them at a later time. You do not need to defrost them and bring them to room temperature, before continuing to the next step. They will defrost with the heat of the honey.
Pour the Struffoli into a large frying pan and add 1 cup of honey. Stir well over a medium heat until the honey caramelizes, then completely coat the Struffoli.
Pour over a serving dish, and make them into the shape of a mountain.
Add some coloured sprinkles and let it cool completely before serving them.
They are now ready to eat.
NOTE: Once fried, you can freeze the Struffoli if you want to use them at a later time. You do not need to defrost them and bring them to room temperature, before continuing to the next step. They will defrost with the heat of the honey.
- If you like firm crunchy Struffoli do not add baking powder
- You can substitute Cognac with Rum or white wine
- Beside lemon zest, you can also add orange zest
- To make it more festive, mix candied cherries or other candied fruits with the fried Struffoli
- Once you fry the Struffoli you can freeze them and coat them in honey just before you want to serve them.
- Let the dough rest for 1.5 hours before shaping the Struffoli balls
Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3.1mg