Ok I know I said there wouldn’t be a post until the 27th, but I couldn’t just leave you sitting there without anything tasty to make for a dessert at your holiday party! This recipe was titled “Honey Balls” in my grandma’s, and my ma’s recipe box, but the better, well known name is Struffoli. It’s an Italian dessert of small, fried balls coated in honey and sprinkles.
My grandparents passed away before I even hit my teenage years, and I hadn’t had Struffoli since I was a kid. This is how magical food can be: after popping a few struffoli, I was instantly sent back to my childhood, at my grandmas house for Christmas. I felt like I was there; I could smell the coffee being made, I could see my grandpa yelling about something, and I could hear my cousins and I singing “jingle bells, Batman smells…”
I’m not religious, but, I know my nana is always with me, helping me make these just like she did…
*A note about the honey you use… this is going to be the lead role of this play. Take some time and look around at the grocery stores around your area, and look at the honey section. There are all different types of honey: clover, wildflower, orange blossom… I chose orange blossom honey, because the floral and citrusy notes of the honey paired well with the lemon. Use a good quality honey, because the cheap stuff is just that: Cheap. Craptastic even. So do a little poking around, and take your time choosing your honey.