Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Doughnuts from Campania: Viccitelli
Total:
35 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
None
Total:
35 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
None

Ingredients

Directions

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 3 1/2 cups water to a boil and add the sugar. Cook for 1 minute and, whisking, add the flour in a steady, slow stream. When the mixture becomes too thick for the whisk, change to a wooden spoon and continue to cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture out onto a marble counter and allow to cool. 

Heat the oil to 375 degrees F in a large heavy-bottomed pan. Knead the dough by hand for 8 minutes. Roll it out into a rope (a dowel), about 1/3-inch thickness. Cut the dowel into lengths of about 6 inches, and form doughnut-shaped rings that should be equal in diameter to a tennis ball. Fry them in the oil until firm and golden, 7 to 8 minutes, then remove from the oil with a slotted spoon or spatula. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

While the doughnuts cool, in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the honey and the orange flower water and heat over medium heat to achieve the viscosity of a thin syrup. Dip each doughnut in the honey mixture, shake off the excess syrup and sprinkle with the powdered sugar.

Recipe copyright 2000, Mario Batali. All Rights Reserved.

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