Chocolate Fritters: Cuscinetti di Teramo

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings, about 30 to 3
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped medium fine
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Honey, for brushing the fritters
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Directions

Place the flour on a clean work surface and add the salt, sugar, lemon zest, oil, and enough wine to make a firm but tender dough. Knead for 5 minutes, then wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest 30 minutes.
In the meantime, make the filling by combining the chocolate, nuts, and jam and mix with a spoon. Set aside, covered.
Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and, using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. Place a dab of filling on each circle of dough, moisten the edges with a bit of beaten egg, and fold each round in half, pressing them shut with finger pressure or a fork.
In a tall-sided pot, heat the oil to 350 degrees F and fry the until they are deep golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Brush each fritter with honey and serve hot or cold.

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