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Precipizi (Fried Honey Balls)


Fried honey balls, or precipizi, are a classic Italian Chanukah dish. This dessert is made of a dough that consists of egg, sugar, flour and rum or rum extract (or apple juice). The dough is rolled into a rope, cut into small pieces, fried, and then dipped in honey. The final products are dusted with confectioners’ sugar.   Makes approximately 6 dozen


Prepare the Precipizi

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and lemon zest. Mix until well-combined.
2. Divide dough in four parts. Roll out one part of dough to form a rope. Break off hazelnut-sized pieces and roll into tiny balls.
3. Heat oil in a pan on medium-high. Drop balls in hot oil and cook around 20 to 30 seconds until light golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side, around 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper-towel-lined dish to absorb extra oil.
4. Repeat with the remaining dough.

For Coating

1. Heat honey in a pan on the lowest flame. Add all the cooked balls of dough. Toss in pan to coat completely with the honey.
2. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.


Recipe by Rebbetzin Shachar Banin

Photography by Sina Mizrahi