Wandi's, Neapolitin Balls or Struffoli
From my family's own personal recipe!
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- 4 c
- 1 c
- 2 tsp
- baking powder
- 1/2 c
- 2 tsp
- vanilla extract
- oil for frying
- powdered sugar for dusting on the wandi's
- honey for the neapolitan balls
1Blend the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Mix in the butter with a pastry blender or fork. Blend in the vanilla and eggs 2 at a time. The batter should be like very thick cookie dough.
2Knead the dough for 5 minutes until very smooth. Flour your hands when the dough gets sticky. Place the dough on a floured board and form into a large ball, dust lightly with flour and cover with a clean cloth and let sit for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/4" thick and cut into strips about 1 1/2" wide and 10" to 12" long. Shape into bows or roll into semi loose coils. Fry in hot oil and dust with powdered sugar while still warm.
Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll each part into a long rope about 1/2" thick and cut into 1/2" pieces. Fry pieces in hot oil until golden brown and crispy, drizzle with warm honey. Can add a pinch of orange or lemon peel to the honey for extra flavor. Decorate with colored sprinkles after drizzling with honey or omit the honey and dust with powdered sugar.