Zeppole di San Giuseppe
Annamaria Settanni McDonald
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- 2 c
- 1 tsp
- kosher salt
- 2 stick
- butter, unsalted
- 2 c
- 2 tsp
- 3 Tbsp
- pure vanilla extract
- custard (see below)
- custard filling recipe (see link in comments)
- cherry pie filling, marachino cherries or preserved wild cherries
- powdered sugar
1Preheat oven at 400 F.
2Place the water, salt, sugar and butter in a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil.
3Remove the pan from the heat and dump the flour in all at once, whisking it all in.
4Return to the burner start stirring with a wooden spoon.
5Cook, stirring constantly, until the dough starts to pull easily from the sides of the pan and forms a ball, about 3 minutes.
6Remove from the heat and stir until tepid, 6 to 8 minutes.
7Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring in each one completely before adding the next.
8Stir in the vanilla. Cool completely.
9Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place the dough into a pastry bag with a 1-inch star tip and pipe 2-inch rings onto the trays, as many as can fit.
10Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, then at 375 F for 15-20 minutes until evenly browned. Remove and let cool.
11When cool, carefully slice rings in half and scoop out eggy wet dough. Fill with custard and place cap of pastry on top.
12Top each zeppole with custard in middle and top with cherry. Sprinkle Powdered sugar on top.
13NOTE: You can also fry this dough in oil after you pipe them until golden brown and then just fill the middle of the rings with custard and top with a cherry filling, preserved wild cherries or a maraschino cherry.