Hello everyone, I’m new to this forum and wanted to tell you a little of what I was taught about the zeppole. My grandfather who was from Italy told me that the zeppole was an Italian pastry made on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). St. Joseph is the patron saint of the working man and Italians.
My grandparents made St. Joseph’s Day a regular holiday. We had a big dinner with the whole family (just like Christmas or Thanksgiving) and at the end we all had a zeppole. He believed St. Joseph watched over us and I think it was my grandfather’s way to thank him.
The zeppoles you buy in the bakeries today aren’t real zeppoles. A real zeppole is not very sweet, has a lot of eggs and is not fried. The center is more like a custard than sweet. The "zeppoles" you buy in the bakeries not are more of a cream puff.
I have to thank you all, because reading about the zeppoles has brought back a lot of memories for me. My grandfather died about 10 years ago and it was great to think about all those great "holidays" we had with him.
Thank you again.