Ukrainian Puff Balls In Honey




1 cup eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. rich cream
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups sifted flour
1 cup honey
3/4 cup sugar


Beat the eggs until very light. Beat in the salt, cream, and vanilla. Stir in the flour and mix well. Knead on a lightly floured board until smooth. This dough should be quite stiff. Cover and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Roll small portions of the dough at a time, 1/4-inch thick; cut into 1/4-inch strips, then dice the strips into 1/4-inch lengths.

Fry in deep fat (375°F) until delicately browned. Drain on absorbent paper. Put the balls into a large bowl for easier mixing with the honey. Heat the honey and sugar together, stirring constantly, until the sugar is liquefied and the syrup is clear.

Pour the hot syrup over the puff balls and mix thoroughly. Pack very firmly into a buttered pan and let cool. To remove the pastry from the pan, place the pan in hot water for a few minutes, then invert. Cut into squares, bars, or slices.

Author's Comments

The following is a stunning version of verhuny or khrusty pastry shaped in tiny balls. Vary the recipe by adding some chopped nuts to the fried balls, when combining with honey.

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