Sweet Clouds of Tradition: Making St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole

Daniel Casciato

Dive into the heart of Italian culinary tradition with a sweet twist this St. Joseph’s Day! Imagine a pastry so light and airy, it’s like biting into a cloud, yet filled with a creamy, rich ricotta that’s as smooth as silk. That’s the magic of St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole – a delightful confection that celebrates the feast of San Giuseppe with every sumptuous bite. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a baking novice, this recipe promises to transport you straight to the streets of Italy with its charming flavors and textures. Let’s embark on this delicious journey together!


For the Dough:

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Frying:

  • Vegetable oil


Prepare the Dough:

  • Boil water, butter, and salt. Add flour and stir vigorously. Cool slightly, then add eggs one at a time, mixing well.

Fry the Zeppole:

  • Heat oil and drop spoonfuls of dough, frying until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Make the Filling:

  • Mix ricotta, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

Assemble the Zeppole:

  • Once cooled, split zeppole and fill with ricotta mixture. Dust with powdered sugar.

Enjoy your St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole!