This easy homemade Struffoli is such a fun Christmas dessert! Cute little balls of fried dough are coated in sweet honey and topped with your favorite holiday sprinkles.
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 5 cups more for frying
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 – 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- Sprinkles to garnish
- Place the eggs in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium-high speed for 2 minutes until well whisked.
- Turn the mixer to medium and add in the orange zest, oil, vanilla, salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix for 2 minutes. The dough will be slightly sticky.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand for 1-2 more minutes, until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Add the extra 1/4 flour 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.
- Cover the dough with a clean towel and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
- Dust a large baking sheet with flour and set it aside.
- Break off a small portion of the dough and roll it into a long rope. Using a knife or a bench scraper, cut the rope into 1-cm pieces and roll each piece into a ball (no larger than the size of a chickpea).
- Place the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, cover with a towel and repeat with the remaining dough.
- Line another large baking sheet with paper towels and set it aside.
- In a 5-6 quart deep pot (or Dutch oven) heat the remaining 5 cups of oil over medium heat until the temperature reaches 350°F. Working in batches of about 20-25 balls, place them in the hot oil. Cook for 3 minutes, or until golden brown. If necessary, press the balls down into the oil using a slotted spoon to ensure the browning is even.
- Once golden, remove from the dough balls from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with all the dough.
- Place the honey in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds to thin the honey slightly.
- Remove the paper towels from under the fried dough balls. Pour the honey on top of the balls and use a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon to stir, coating them completely in honey.
- Arrange the honey-coated balls on a large platter in a mound or wreath shape. Alternatively, you can make individual servings by placing portions into muffin liners.
- Top with more honey, if desired, and then sprinkles.
Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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