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Old 12-03-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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Please HELP! Need recipe for my late Grandma's "honey balls" (Italian)!!

Hello everyone! This is NYBrit's wife Christine and my beloved Grandma passed away two months ago.

She was wonderful Italian cook and she did cook and bake up until the last few years of her life when it was difficult. Unfortunately, she never wrote a cookbook of sorts.

I would really love to bake something that she always made for Christmas. I do not know the appropriate Italian name for it other than we call it the 'honey balls'. It is made from dough and I know it is then rolled into tiny balls and dipped into honey and then baked. If anyone knows what I am talking about and would possibly have the recipe, I would be forever grateful!

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Old 12-03-2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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Miss Christine....Have you tried Goggle. I just did for "Honey Balls". and got a lot of possibilities. Maybe from those you can find what you are looking for....I hope so!

Enjoy!
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:23 PM   #3
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NYBrit - my grandma used to make similar cookie but she friend them and then they were drizzled with honey. I know it is not the same, but if you want more info PM me.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:40 PM   #4
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How about this:

3 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling (to follow)
Syrup( to follow)

Sift flour with baking powder. Beat eggs with salt. Stir in flour. Knead
lightly until smooth. Roll out on a lightly Floured board to 1/8th inch
thickness and cut into 1-1/2 inch rounds.

Place 1 teaspoon filling on each round and fold dough
around filling to form a ball. Drop balls into hot syrup and simmer for
15 minutes or until syrup has been absorbed. Shake pot occasionally to
prevent dough from sticking. Place balls on a platter sprinkled with
confectioners' sugar. Separate while still warm. Let cool and dry.

Filling:

1 cup finely chopped or grated nuts and raisins
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Mix together


Syrup:

1 cup honey
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger.

Combine all. Bring to a boil.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:57 PM   #5
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Could they have been baked zeppoles? Traditionally these are deep fried, but they can also be baked with fillings or not then sprinkled with powdered sugar or drizzled with honey.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:32 PM   #6
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I posted my recipe here last year. Use the search feature for Strufoli, and you'll get my recipe.

I'd do the link thing for you, if only I knew how....

It's an excellent recipe with a wonderful yield.

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Old 12-03-2007, 06:33 PM   #7
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Hello everyone! This is NYBrit's wife Christine and my beloved Grandma passed away two months ago.

She was wonderful Italian cook and she did cook and bake up until the last few years of her life when it was difficult. Unfortunately, she never wrote a cookbook of sorts.

I would really love to bake something that she always made for Christmas. I do not know the appropriate Italian name for it other than we call it the 'honey balls'. It is made from dough and I know it is then rolled into tiny balls and dipped into honey and then baked. If anyone knows what I am talking about and would possibly have the recipe, I would be forever grateful!
Actually, they should be fried and then dipped in the honey.... Naturally, you could bake them. Either way, the honey dipping part comes last, after they are cooked.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:38 PM   #8
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Hi, Christine. Look here for VeraBlue's recipe.
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Hi, Christine. Look here for VeraBlue's recipe.
Thanks! I knew some kind soul would take pity on me!
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:48 PM   #10
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Yes! Thank you Vera (and to everyone else that tried to help), that sounds exactly like what my Grandma used to make. (I had asked my Mother if she baked or fried them and my Mom said she fried them.) I printed the recipe and will hopefully buy the ingredients in a day or two and make it over the weekend. I will let everyone know how they come out.

(P.S. I hope Grandma approves!)
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