How to Make Giada’s Struffoli

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 14th, 2013

Struffoli is a classic Neapolitan Christmas dessert that is traditionally made up of fried balls of dough tossed with honey. Giada’s struffoli recipe reveals a De Laurentiis family secret: Use 2/3 fried dough balls and 1/3 hazelnuts so each bite is a surprise.

Start by making the dough in a food processor, using lemon zest and orange zest to help make the dessert crisper and lighter. Add butter at room temperature so that it mixes into the flour really well. The consistency will be a bit chunky before the addition of 3 eggs, a teaspoon vanilla extract and a tablespoon dry white wine. Mix it together until you can scoop out the dough.

After refrigerating the dough for 30 minutes, cut it into sections and then pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a small ball about the size of a hazelnut, then fry until lightly golden. To make the sauce, bring honey, sugar and lemon juice to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the fried dough and hazelnuts and stir until coated in the honey mixture.

After the honey mixture has cooled a bit, pack the dough balls and hazelnuts on a platter around a glass coated in vegetable oil cooking spray. This will help the dessert form its shape and the glass will be able to be removed easily.

Take the glass out, sprinkle the top with colored sprinkles and dust with powdered sugar. You’ll have a holiday dessert that’s fit to be a centerpiece.

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Comments (3)

  1. Food nut says:

    Since FN is doing away with actual cooking shows, it seems, then why not bring back enjoyable shows such as Challenge, Sweet Genius, Extreme Chef. There are a few good competitions, but I've seen them. Might enjoy old Challenge from the beginning. Did enjoy Chopped until it became so discriminatory against women. Plus lost some respect for judges for things they agreed to eat, such as food dropped on the floor. EWWW !!!

  2. Wife of Danny says:

    my hubby and I have a special relationship with Giada since 2012 in California when we visited there on vacation and we heard she would be out and about in town shopping so we spent a few hours searching for her and finally ran into her at a local farmers market and we simply parked near her little sports car she drives and we went at it se xually!! I started su cking Danny's cock and after he ate my dripping wet Filipina pu ssy we started fu cking reverse cowgirl style and as Giada approached our car she immediately realized we were fu cking so she slowed down and opened her passenger door to put her groceries in her car and she slowly walked around the front of her car which gave her a perfect view of my perky ti ts jumping as Danny fu cked me deep! then she got into her car and Danny was so excited he was ready to c um so I slipped my wet juicy pu ssy of his co ck an sucked his c um down my throat as Giada sat there acting like she was getting her things ready to drive off and she would stare awhile and flip her hair OMG it made me cum again just swallowing dannys c um as she watched us!!!

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