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Struffoli 

(Serves 8)
Struffoli is a traditional Neapolitan Christmas dessert made from small puffs of  citrus-flavored dough that are crunchy on the outside and soft inside. The fried balls are dipped in honey, dusted with multi-colored candy sprinkles, and usually served piled high in a tree-shaped mound or shaped into a wreath.
Struffoli - A traditional Italian Christmas dessert
Struffoli
Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Vegetable oil for frying
1 cup honey
Multicolored candy sprinkles

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
Add the eggs and zest.  Stir until well blended.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes.
Add a little more flour if dough seems sticky.
Shape the dough into a ball, cover with an overturned bowl. 
Let rest for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1/2-inch thick ropes then cut into 1/2-inch nuggets.
Heat about 2 inches of oil to 370 degrees F. in a wide saucepan or deep fryer.

Begin adding struffoli in batches into the oil to fit without crowding.
Cook, stirring occasionally with a slotted spoon, until crisp and brown, about 1 minute.  Remove the struffoli with the slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain.

When all the struffoli are fried, gently heat the honey just to a simmer in a wide saucepan.  Remove the honey from the heat, add the struffoli and coat well.
Pile the struffoli into a mound on a large platter.  Dust with the multicolored sprinkles.

Struffoli are best served the day they are made.
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