This is a recipe my grandmother from Italy passed down. It is similar to other Italian Wine Cookie recipes.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 cups red wine
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 12 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup honey, warmed slightly
Warm the wine over medium heat. Remove from heat and add 12 cups of flour. Stir in 2 cups of water. If consistency is too dry, add up to 1/2 cup more of water. Knead well.
Roll the dough into a snake and cut into two inch pieces. Run each piece over a basket or use a fork to get ridges in the dough.
Heat oil for frying in a large pot. Deep fry cookies until medium brown. Drain on paper towels.
Warm honey in a frying pan until very liquid. Roll the cookies in the honey, and then place in a dish. Allow the honey to cool and serve.
We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.