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Zeppole di San Giuseppe

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe These Apulian cakes are usually prepared the day of St. Joseph, the day of Father's Day. They have a shape similar to a large doughnut, fried in oil and filled with custard.


For the pastry

  • 500 g flour
  • 600 ml water
  • 7 eggs
  • A knob of butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • 70 g powdered sugar
  • Oil for deep frying

For the custard cream

  • 1 litre whole milk
  • 380 g sugar
  • 190 g flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 15 g vanilla



Mod. healthy
Rel. easy
per person



Preparation of custard cream

  1. Heat milk with vanilla.
  2. Whisk egg yolks with sugar and add the flour a bit at a time.
  3. Slowly pour hot milk.
  4. Cook over low heat until you have a thick cream. When ready remove from heat and let cool down.

Preparation of pastry

  1. Put in a saucepan water, butter, a pinch of salt and the icing sugar. Bring to a boil over moderate heat.
  2. Remove from heat and add the flour all at once and stir well.
  3. Put on the heat and keep mixing until you have a smooth cream. Remove from heat, place it in a bowl and let it cool down.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time. Make sure each egg blends well with the mixture before adding another.
  5. Put the dough in a pastry bag with a spout of 25 mm.
  6. Form the zeppole in the form of doughnuts on a lightly oiled kitchen foil.
  7. Prepare two pots: one with warm oil and another with hot oil.
  8. Cook them one a the time in warm oil for a few minutes and then in hot oil until they are slightly coloured.
  9. Let them dry on paper towels.

Final preparation

  1. Fill each zeppola with the custard.
  2. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.
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