Zeppole for St. Joesph’s Day
Zeppole, a kind of filled doughnut, is by far the most famous of St. Joseph’s Day sweets, and for a few days before and after March 19, they line the shelves of Italian bakeries. Why should St. Joseph get honored with these treats? Because everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is his stomach, and Joseph is the patron saint of husbands. So, to keep your marriage sweet, serve zeppole! Here is my homemade version, stuffed and topped with citrus-and-rum pastry cream. Or, substitute the cannoli cream (recipe follows) for a delicious variation. You will need a pastry bag with two ½-inch-diameter tips, one plain and one open star. Zeppole are usually fried, but you can bake them, too.