Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Let’s Make Stuffoli – Recipe from Lia of Ghirlandiamo
1. What is your recipe?
Recipe from Lia Russo – Italy
wheat flour lbs. 2.3
butter lbs. O.3
eggs n. 6
sugar lbs. 0.5
aromatic liqueur or dry white wine 4-5 spoons
baking powder/or baking soda 1 tea spoon
honey lbs. 1 about
1)Put all together flour, melted butter, eggs, sugar, liqueur, baking powder and the grated lemon peel. Mix first with a fork and then with hands, until you can do a ball.
2) Cut a piece from the ball and work it to get a long stick.
3) Cut this stick in pieces of about 0.4”.
4) Fry them in corn oil or similar, in a pan, till they are golden. Let them get cold.
5) Let melt the honey in a large pan together with some more grated lemon peel. When the honey becomes foaming, pour the fried little balls in and roll them with a spoon for a few minutes.
Pour them on a – slightly wet- ceramics plate and, if you have, put on a lot of colored “diavoletti”. Lacking them, you can substitute with grated chocolate, or minced almonds or nuts.
Let them become cold.
And enjoy it. Buon Appetito!
NOTE 1 : what you see in the final photo is the result of a reduced quantity.
NOTE 2 : do not use too much honey, otherwise you’ll need hammer and chisel to cut them!
NOTE 3 : if you eat Struffoli under a Ghirlandiamo wreath they will taste much better!
2. What is it about this cookie that you love?
At Christmas time this is the most popular cookie in all South Italy, although with some little differences.
From some days before Christmas up to the New Year, a frying smell is in the air everywhere!
This cookie can last several days, if you don’t eat a ball after another!
3. How did you learn to make this cookie?
My mother and all my aunts always prepared it, so it was natural learning it.
It’s nice to do , as all the family can take part : mum mix ingredients and work the dough, kids cut the stick in little pieces and husband tastes the fried balls! (they are good even before coupling them with honey)
4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.
My first son live and work in London and two Christmas ago unfortunately he couldn’t come home for holidays.
So to have there a bit of home atmosphere, he prepared struffoli for himself and his friends, with great success!
He was already a bit experienced, as he and my daughter for years helped me in preparing this cookie.
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