Today was Luca’s 4th birthday and we had a big party for him. It was a lot of fun and I will post some pictures in a later post. Since I already baked cupcakes, made sugar cookies and did all the other preparations, my mother in law prepared some traditional Italian struffoli. They are little fried dough balls, dipped in honey and rolled in sprinkles.
1 ¼ lb flour
2 ½ oz butter
1 ½ oz granulated sugar
1 oz milk
1 pinch salt
1 pinch baking soda
Form a well in the flour, and to the center, add the soft butter, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, baking soda and eggs
Using your hands or a fork, start mixing the ingredients together, slowly incorporating the flour until you have a smooth, uniform dough. If needed, add additional flour or milk so that the dough is not too soft or too dense.
Once you have a smooth dough of the right consistency, continue kneading for 5 or 6 minutes. When done, cover the dough with a bowl and let rest for at least 15 minutes.
Once the time has passed, begin preparing the struffoli.
Cut off a piece of dough and roll it out until it is about ½ inch thick in diameter. Cut the roll into small, ½ inch, cylindrical pieces. Repeat using the rest of the dough.
Then fry the struffoli, a few at a time, in a pan of hot oil. Once golden, after 5 to 10 seconds, remove from the pan using a slotted spoon. After frying, place the struffoli on a plate lined with paper towels. Put all the struffoli in a bowl, add the honey and sprinkles and stir it.