cicirchiata

cicirchiata

traditional italian christmas dessert of fried dough + honey. i grew up eating this only at christmas. on a recent trip back to visit family in italy, my aunties taught me the family recipe. buon appetito!

cicirchiatatraditional italian christmas dessert of fried dough + honey. i grew up eating this only at christmas. on a recent trip back to visit family in italy, my aunties taught me the family recipe. buon appetito!

Summary

4250
  • CourseDessert
  • CuisineItalian
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time50 minutesPT0H50M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M

Ingredients

Flour
3 Cups
Eggs
3
Sugar
1 Teaspoon
Almonds, toast
optional to 1 Cup
Vegetable oil
96 Ounces
Honey, acacia preferably
250 Grams

Steps

  1. make well with flour, break eggs into middle of well + add sugar. beat eggs + sugar, then slowly add in flour from the sides. begin kneading dough, adding in additional flour as necessary. when dough is ready, it no longer will be sticky
  2. cut off 1“ pieces + roll out into thin strips, about 1/4” in diameter. cut strip into 1/4" pieces. set aside and add more flour if necessary. do not let pieces stick
  3. in a tall saucepan, bring vegetable oil to 350°. test one piece of dough to make sure it sizzles. drop in dough pieces and fry, stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. remove from oil and place into a paper-towel lined bowl
  4. in a separate pan on the stove over medium-high heat, bring the honey to a boil. keep boiling, stirring continuously until honey becomes a reddish hue, about 10 minutes. once it reaches this color, add in fried dough pieces and almonds (optional) and fold in to cover with honey. remove from heat
  5. wet a clean surface with water where you plan to form the desert. pour mixture onto area + break into 2 piles. wet hands and begin forming piles into 2 rings shaped like a bundt cake or wreath. compact well by applying pressure with hands for several minutes for each ring
  6. allow to cool for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
  7. tip: move to an aluminum foil lined pan to prevent from sticking.
    alternatively to the almonds, you can add in rainbow sprinkles.