Saturday, December 29, 2012

Making Pignolata (Struffoli) - An Italian Christmas Favorite

One of our family's favorite treats at Christmastime is having pignolata (peen'-yo-la-ta) also known as struffoli (stru'-fo-lee).  Others serve them on New Year's Eve as well.  These are tiny pieces of light-textured fried dough drenched in honey, strained, then decorated with sprinkles.  Over the years, we've had the pleasure and privilege of enjoying this wonderful dessert when it's been made by our dear cousin, Clara.  Last year she generously shared her recipe with us.  While my husband, Greg, was making them, I recorded his technique.

Of course, there are many recipes available online for this traditional Italian favorite.  Check out Mario Batali's recipe from the Food Network.  No matter which one you choose to use, consider following our technique when ready to make your pignolata (struffoli).

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