Honey Balls

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 


-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
-1 cup water
-1 tbsp. sugar
-1/4 tsp. kosher salt
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-4 large eggs
-Oil, for frying (about 3 quarts)
-1/2 cup honey
-1 tbsp. orange blossom water
-1/4 tsp. ground cardamom 


In medium saucepan, combine butter, water, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, to melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in flour. Return mixture to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until it pulls away from side of pan and forms ball of dough, 1 to 2 minutes. 

Transfer hot mixture to bowl of electric mixer. Using paddle attachment on low speed, beat 1 minute to cool slightly. Beat in eggs 1 at a time (dough will be smooth and shiny). Transfer mixture to large pastry bag fitted with large star tip. 

Set wire rack over baking sheet or layer of paper towels. Heat 2 inches of oil in medium pot to 350°F. Working in 4 or 5 batches, squeeze 1-inch-long pieces of dough into oil, using knife or scissors to help cut it off. Fry until puffed and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to wire rack to cool; repeat with remaining dough. 

Meanwhile, in measuring cup, combine honey, orange blossom water, and cardamom; microwave on High 30 seconds. Transfer to large bowl.  

Once balls have cooled, transfer to bowl with syrup and toss to coat. It makes about 100 Honey balls.
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