What Are Some Good Italian Struffoli Recipes?

What Are Some Good Italian Struffoli Recipes?

Two good recipes for struffoli come from Mario Batali and from Barilla. The Mario Batali version has a rating of four out of five stars, and the Barilla version has a rating of three out of five stars, as of 2015.

For the Mario Batali version, mix 3 1/2 cups of flour, 6 eggs, 1 egg yolk, the zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of limoncello. Form dough, and chill for 30 minutes. Roll the dough into small balls. Heat 4 cups of oil, and fill about half of the surface with dough balls. Cook until brown, turning occasionally before draining on a paper towel.

After cooking the dough, heat 2 cups of honey with the juice and zest of 1 lemon. Add the struffoli, and stir until coated. Remove from heat, and cool before sprinkling with powdered sugar and serving.

For the Barilla version, mix 1 1/4 pound of flour, 2 1/2 ounces of soft butter, 1 3/4 ounces of sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk and a pinch of salt. Also add a pinch of baking soda, 5 eggs and a tablespoon of anise liquor. Allow to rest for 15 minutes, and roll the dough into small balls, fry the balls in a pan of hot oil, and allow to drain. Heat a pound of honey, add 2 ounces of candied orange peel, and coat the struffoli with the honey. Cover with sprinkles before serving.