I am a HUGE fan of The Sopranos. I just love everything about that fantastic TV series. I love the families, the plots, a unique sense of humor and of course the food which is a big part of the whole series. There's one dish, a dessert, in particular that is present through out all the seasons. The struffoli (honey balls). Tony eats it, Carmela eats it, Livia (Tony's mum etas it) well pretty everyone at some stage has eaten it ;) It's like 'Leave the gun, take the canolli' type of food :) A legend in itself!
It's very easy to make. Well it wasn't until I was making it myself the other day, that I've noticed it has the very same ingredients as a basic pasta! Well, only Italians could invented it! :) I hope you'll try it - if you're a Soprano fan or not - I'm sure you'll love this little sweet treat! But I warn you - it IS addictive! Oh, this recipe comes from The Soprano cookbook (of course I have it - what did you think!? ;) ).
How to make it...
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 whole eggs
- oil for deep frying
- 1 cup honey
In a bowl mix flour, salt and all the eggs. Knead well for few minutes till the dough is soft. It can't be too sticky, if it is add a little bit of flour. Form a ball, cover with cling film and put aside for minimum 30 minutes.
Divide your dough into few chunks. Roll each chunk into a 1 cm thick strip and cut it into 1 cm pieces. Try not to flour the dough as the flour will then burn when frying.
In a deep pan heat 5 cm of oil till about 190 C. Throw in as many cut pieces of dough just to cover the whole surface. Fry for about 2 minutes till it's well risen and golden brown.
Take if out of the oil and drain on a kitchen towel.
When you finally fried all your struffoli, take a shallow pan and heat the honey. When it starts to bubble throw in your struffoli and stir to cover well in honey. Take it out and repeat with the rest of your struffoli. You can keep the struffoli in a airtight box for up to 5 days (although I doubt it will last that long...!).