If you have been reading my blog for a while, 3 themes emerge: I love my family, reading/writing and delicious food! As such, my memories usually revolve around these 3 pillars.
Watching an episode of David Rocco’s Dolce Vitae triggered a delicious breakfast memory.
My maternal grandmother set the standard for indulgence. Until my mother became a grandmother, and the standard was broken and a new record was set!
Back to my grandmother: breakfast was one sweet and luscious invention after another (you can read about this heavenly treat here: https://www.mireillemishriky.com/comfort-food-memories-warm-heart/).
One of her signature indulgences was what I affectionately called “sugar bread”. I was certain that only my grandmother served these heavenly treats until I watched David Rocco frying pizza dough and smothering it in honey. I was shocked: his recipe is very similar to my grandmother’s “sugar bread”. She would ladle yeast dough into hot oil until they puffed up and were golden and then she would dust them with Icing Sugar.
One bite is enough to turn a skeptic into an addict!
This treat can also be enjoyed as part of a tea serving or for dessert!
If you would like to recreate her confection, here is David’s Rocco’s recipe for your reference; just swap the honey for Icing Sugar. Close your eyes – take a bite and savor.
Recipe courtesy of David Rocco
Show: David Rocco’s Dolce Vita
Episode: Eddie Hits Town
Total: 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
To make the tomato sauce:
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, for sauce
- 12 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, cut into chunks
- Fresh basil, torn
- Freshly grated pecorino cheese (sheep’s milk cheese), for serving
To fry the dough:
- 1 pound fresh pizza dough or frozen pizza dough, thawed
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for frying
To make the sweet version:
- 2 tablespoons honey
In a saucepan, heat up extra-virgin olive oil for the tomato sauce. Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, salt and basil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Divide dough into 8 equal parts. Stretch and flatten out each piece with your hands to create little pizzas. In a large pan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil on high heat. Gently place each piece of dough in the hot oil and cook for about a minute on each side. Once the dough is puffy and golden brown on both sides, remove them from the pan and place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Remove any raw garlic, if desired, from the tomato sauce and spoon sauce onto the fried dough. Top with freshly grated pecorino cheese, and serve immediately. For a sweet version: drizzle honey on the fried dough, and serve hot.
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