NON7 & Gnocco Fritto With Prosciutto With Home Cook Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's gnocco fritto as featured in 'A Year of Simple Family Food'.

These crisp, light pillows of fried dough are the perfect afternoon snack and are even more delicious when paired with NON7 Stewed Cherry & Coffee.


• 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 5cm 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.