Today I wanted to share a recipe that is typical of southern Italy and it is a dessert that is usually made during the holidays. I am obsessed with these suckers! They are SO GOOD! One of my aunts made them and brought them over for Christmas and she gave me her recipe. We made them today so that I could share the recipe with you because they are amazing I tell you! They are crunchy on the outside and very light on the inside.
They are very simple to make and are basically just deep fried dough coated in honey and topped with nonpareils sprinkles. The dough is made using flour, dry white wine and grappa along with some orange flavored extra virgin live oil.
Here are the ingredients:
- 500 grams of all purpose flour
- 50 grams white sugar
- 100 grams of evo oil
- half a shot glass of grappa
- 50 grams of dry white wine
- peel from half an orange
- 500 grams of honey
- 2 tablespoons of nonpareils for decorating
Gather all of your ingredients together.
The first thing to do is to heat the orange peel with the extra virgin olive oil on low heat for about 2 minutes . This is done to add aroma to the oil. Do not bring it to a boil, just heat it enough to add the flavor of the orange peel.
Now you want to add the flavored oil to the flour and sugar. Knead the oil into the flour with your fingertips to distribute evenly.
Leave out the orange peels and begin kneading the mixture.
Next I added the grappa. We added about half a shot glass.
Slowly work everything together and lastly add the white wine a little at a time. We ended up using 50 grams. If it's still a little too dry you can go ahead and add a little more.
Now that you have incorporated all of the ingredients, knead the dough for about 10 minutes. It should have a similar consistancy to cookie dough, neither too dry nor too moist. This is what it should look like.
Now you are ready to form little marbles by rolling the dough out as shown in the photo below and cutting bite sized pieces kind of like if you're making gnocchi.
My aunt likes to give them a curved shape using a little kitchen utensil she has (I have no idea what it's called in English...sorry guys!). She rolls the pieces on this little wooden tray creating a curved shape with grooves on top. It's pretty cool actually ...and not that easy to do. But you can just roll them into marble sized balls to make life easier :-)
Once you have rolled them all out you should lay them on a tray spacing them out a bit so they don't stick together. Aren't they pretty?
These bad boys are ready to be deep fried! My aunt saves some of the dough and makes little "roses" to place on top of the little balls. They don't really look like roses but that's what she calls them. LOL
She fried these in a pot rather than a frying pan so they can cook all around.
They should brown just lightly and once they are done, place them in a bowl with a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Once the marbles were done we fried the roses.
Set these aside and in a large frying pan add the honey with a couple tablespoons of water. Heat on low in order to melt the honey a bit and warm it up.
Add the marbles to the honey mixing well to coat them all around.
At this point heat them for about 5 minutes on low.
Now you can transfer them onto the serving dish.
Add the little roses on top spacing them out evenly on the dish.
Now you can add some more honey on top and finally add the nonpareils to decorate.
Yum!! I think I'm going to go have one now :-)
Ciao my friends xoxo