Recipe #4: Roman-Style Carnival Sweet Dough Balls

This recipe turned out to be my favorite dessert so far, but I have a feeling we messed it up a little. It was the first recipe we made that did not have a picture associated with it in the book so we had to go strictly off the written recipe for reference. If you love lemon, vanilla bean and overall delicious balls of heavenly sweetness then you MUST try this recipe! I am ready to make another batch… tomorrow! 🙂

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In the photo below you can see my failed attempt to use a metal shaker as a sifter, since I threw ours out when we moved because it was rusted. (Stephan has now purchased me a new one as a gift for my birthday – thank you!) I knew I needed to be able to sift at least a portion of the dry ingredients, because when you think dough balls you think light and airy, a texture that is almost only achieved by sifting your dry ingredients.

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Stephan and I have done a lot of firsts while cooking through this book so far, and we are only 4 recipes in. This was my first time using fresh vanilla bean and there is just nothing else like it! I can’t wait to throw it in future recipes just because. It gives such wonderful flavor and the black speckles throughout the dough balls look beautiful!

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I am not sure if we made the recipe exactly right because the dough was very, very sticky. Almost too sticky to handle by hand.

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The other thing I know we messed up was the size. The recipe said “slice the dough sausage into 1-inch pieces and shape each into a hazelnut-sized ball.” I went a bit overboard with the size of the balls, mainly because the dough was hard to handle. The size of the balls had no effect on the flavor and they still turned out AMAZING!

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A light dusting of powdered sugar adds a slight sweetness to the top, and makes for a pretty final touch.

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I will most definitely reach for this recipe in the future. I could see them being great for a brunch, because they are so light, or for a light sweet treat after dinner. Lemon lovers beware… these will disappear quickly! I may or may not have had the majority of the plate! 😉 Haha!

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XOXO, Bri & Stephan