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!Dina Rulli
optional to 1 Cup
Honey, acacia preferably
- 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
- cut off 1â pieces + roll out into thin strips, about 1/4â in diameter. cut strip into 1/4" pieces. set aside and add more flour if necessary. do not let pieces stick
- in a tall saucepan, bring vegetable oil to 350Â°. 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
- 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
- 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
- allow to cool for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
- tip: move to an aluminum foil lined pan to prevent from sticking.
alternatively to the almonds, you can add in rainbow sprinkles.