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Jan 29, 2005 01:44 PM

Strufella .. Where to Buy or Recipe

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In search to purchase Strufella (an Italian cookie ... fried dough like w/Honey). Tried Termini's & Varallos without luck. The more seasoned staff seems to be in awe of this cookie and speak of when their parents used to make it at home.

Anyone know where to buy in Philly area ... if not, a recipe to make it?

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  1. Grandma's Strufoli
    Recipe contributed by Florence Pizzella
    4 cups flour
    Orange blossom honey
    1 tsp. baking powder
    Multi-color sprinkles
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 cup Wesson vegetable oil
    6 eggs
    *Wesson oil - enough for deep frying

    Make a well of flour, baking powder & salt. Beat eggs one at a time in the center of the well and blend with a fork. Moisten with 1/4 cup oil. Mix gently. Place dough on cutting board, knead 3 or 4 times. Divide dough and roll into strips (like snakes). Cut dough in 1/4" -1/2" pieces. Place cut pieces into hot oil and deep fry until golden. Remove and drain on paper towel. Store cooled strufoli in a plastic container until serving. To serve place in serving dish, pour desired amount of honey on strufoli, toss gently and add sprinkles. Enjoy!

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    1. re: Denise

      Denise ... thank you so much. There was very little info on strufella in a google search. Hope that it lives on.

      1. re: Phil

        Phil good site for old Italian recipes.

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      1. Grandma's Strufoli recipe looks good, but the presentation is not what I remember. I never made them, so I don't know about the dough recipe, but it sounds about right. However, after the strips are cut, the pieces should be rolled around in your hands to form a ball. Fry the balls golden brown, drain on paper towels, then roll them in the heated honey (in a large kettle-pan) to coat. Toss in toasted whole almonds, then sprinkle with the colored sprinkles. My grandmother would then display them in a Christmas Tree tower - layer upon layer, until they formed a peak with just one at the top. Can you envision it? The strufolis would be covered with waxed paper until ready to serve, and we would just really enjoy getting sticky fingers picking them off one by one.

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        1. re: bbitaly

          Sounds quite a lot like teighlach - the Jewish sweet that is made for Rosh Hashanah. It is also balls of dough, fried/baked, rolled in heated honey with candied cherries and almonds or walnuts, then formed into a pyramid/tower shape. Very sticky and yummy. I guess its a good recipe for a sweet holiday.

          1. re: bbitaly

            bbitaly -
            yes, sounds just as we had it as well, brings back many memories. I still occasionally make it myself, with my grandmother's recipe, although we do not incorporate any almonds.


            1. re: CucinadiNana

              My friends moms used to make these. They are my favorite holday treat. They also made something similar that wasn't fried, but it had a white glaze, and had a hint of anisette. Any idea what these were?

              1. re: michele cindy

                hey MC,
                those sound like my family's zuccherini...I was just looking for the right recipe when I found this cookie thread...most recipes show an S or bone shape, my great grandmom always did them round and kind of rolled them in a bowl of icing...cakey cookies - some anise, some vanilla- soooo good

          2. Do a quick google search for:


            Lots of good stuff out there

            1. my all-time favorite, but certainly much more fun to eat than make. veniero's in nyc makes a very good version, and will ship without a problem. check out their website for these and alot of other italian holiday speciality sweets. they also make delicious pignoli cookies - a great resource now that i no longer live in new york.