Healthy Recipes

Struffoli

Struffoli, honey-drenched Italian confections traditionally prepared with white flour and deep-fried, work equally well when made with spelt flour and bakedin the oven.

Struffoli
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Ingredients: 

13 ounces sifted spelt flour
2½ teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 eggs
1½ tablespoons anisette
2 tablespoons water
5 ounces organic raw honey
Zest of 1 orange

 

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, butter, salt, eggs, and ½ tablespoon anisette and knead into a ball of dough; cover bowl with a towel and refrigerate for 24 hours.

     

  2. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand for a half hour.

     

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut dough ball into smaller chunks and roll them into thin slices about 10 inches long. Cut long slices into ½-inch pieces.

     

  4. On a thin baking sheet, bake ½-inch struffoli pieces in the oven for 10 minutes, or until dough turns golden. Remove from oven and let cool.

     

  5. While struffoli are cooling, make the honey coating: In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon anisette, water, and honey until just warm, allowing alcohol to evaporate. Add orange zest and stir. Using tongs or a tablespoon, carefully dip struffoli in honey mixture and transfer them to a serving plate.

 

Nutritional facts: 

Per serving: 283 calories, 5 g fat (1.3 g saturated), 49 g carbohydrates, 9 g protein, 6 g fiber, 332 mg sodium (14% Daily Value).