Fried Italian Doughnuts
ingredients
ingredients
method
step-by-step directions

Mario Batali's Struffoli

  • 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Lemon (grated zest only)
  • 1 Orange (grated zest only)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Limoncello
  • 4 cups Canola Oil (for frying)
  • 2 cups Honey
  • 1 Lemon (juice and zest)
  • Confectioners' Sugar (for dusting)
  • Candied Orange; Lemon peel; or Sprinkles (for garnish)
step-by-step directions
  • In a mixer bowl, combine the flour, eggs, egg yolk, zests, salt and limoncello and mix well to form a firm dough, 8 to 10 minutes. When the dough is rested, remove from fridge and cut into golf ball-size pieces. Roll each golf ball into a 1/2-inch-thick dowel and cut each dowel into 1/2-inch pieces. Roll each piece between palms into a ball. Repeat with the remaining dough. 
  • Heat the oil in a 12- to 14-inch skillet with at least 3-inch sides to 375F. Drop balls in to cover about half of the surface of the oil and cook until dark golden brown. Use a spider or slotted spoon to turn them regularly; they will puff up while cooking. Remove when cooked to a tray covered with paper towels and drain well. This should make at least five batches, so be patient.
  • When all of the fritters are cooked, heat the honey, lemon juice, and zest together in a wide 6- to 8-quart saucepan until quite warm, about 150F, and substantially thinner. Add the fritters and stir carefully until well coated. Remove from the heat and allow to cool 5 minutes in pan, stirring regularly. Pour out onto a large serving tray in the form of either a pyramid or a ring. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and any other choice of garnish. The fritters should last a week or as long as your guests allow. 
Similar categories: Desserts Italian Cuisine
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