Struffoli, little Italian sweet treat (not only for Mafia members...) ...

I am a huge fan of "The Sopranos". I just love everything about that TV series. I love the families, the plots, a unique sense of humour 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 (aka honey balls). Tony eats it, Carmela eats it, Livia (Tony's mum etas it) well, I'm pretty sure everyone at some stage has eaten it! It's like "Leave the gun, take the cannolli" type of food - already a legend in itself!

It's very easy to make and quite quick too. They're usually sprinkled with colourful sugar sprinkles, sometimes even with chopped nuts. I hope you'll try it, if you're a Soprano fan or not, as I'm sure you'll love this little sweet treat. 

The below recipe was inspired by "The Sopranos cookbook" and my eternal love for that TV show!

How to make it...

- 250 g flour
- 75 g brown sugar
- 25 g of veg oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons corn-starch
- pinch of salt 


- Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, corn-starch, lemon zest, salt and oil.
- Add 4 tablespoons of warm water.
- Mix the ingredients to make a smooth and soft dough, adding more water if necessary.
- Divide the dough into several pieces and roll them with the palm of your hand on a lightly floured surface, forming long rolls.
- With a knife, cut the roll into pieces about 1 cm, with floured hands roll the pieces into small balls and place them on a lightly floured tray.
- 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 golden syrup. When it starts to bubble throw in your struffoli and stir to cover all well in syrup. 
- 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...!).


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