Italian Honey Clusters
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch
Makesabout 2 dozen
My girlfriend’s mother used to make these at Christmastime. Although, their family did not use the anise seed, they are wonderful and sticky and fun to eat. She called them by a traditional Italian name which escapes me.
My mother in law made this struffoli for holidays, and like Ellen said, we made a tower of the crunchy little balls with everyone breaking off pieces. This recipe is close to hers. A little easier I think. WE leave out anise (kids dont like) and add almond and vanilla. I had forgotten about this recipe so thank you for reminding me we were missing something for the holidays. Lindy
This is the Italian traditional dessert called Struffoli where the balls are placed in a wreath or tower and served as a centerpiece on the dessert table at Easter or Christmas. We always had this on our table when I was a child. It is so delicious. My recipe calls for additional lemon and orange zest and pignoli nuts.