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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Father’s Day food: gnocco fritto

Still not sure what to cook Dad for Father’s Day? Try your hand at something a little different this year, like this recipe for gnocco fritto, from Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s highly anticipated brand-new book. 

Gnocco fritto

Recipe from A Year of Simple Family Food’ by Julia Busuttil Nishimura, published by Plum, RRP $39.99, photography by Armelle Habib.

Serves 8-10 as a snack

400g tipo 00 flour, plus extra for dusting

5g active dry yeast

Fine sea salt

50g unsalted butter, softened

1 Tbsp olive oil

180–200ml full-cream milk, warmed

Vegetable oil, for frying

Thinly sliced prosciutto, to serve

In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast and a pinch of salt. Add the butter and, using your fingertips, rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pour in the olive oil followed by the warm milk and incorporate using your hands until you have a soft, but not sticky, dough. Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth.  Cover and rest for 3–4 hours at room temperature.

Dust your work surface with flour and roll out the dough to a 3mm thickness. Using a fluted pastry cutter or a knife, cut the dough into 4cm squares. You can cut bigger squares if you like, however I do prefer them this size.

Heat 5 cm of vegetable oil in a heavy-based saucepan or deep-fryer to 180°C, or hot enough that a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 15 seconds. Fry the gnocco in batches for about 4 minutes until they are puffy and slightly golden, flipping halfway. When you initially put the gnocco in the oil, spoon some of the oil over them to encourage them to puff up and become bubbly. Drain on paper towel, then serve immediately with the prosciutto.

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