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Zeppole di San Giuseppe

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Zeppole (zeppoli) is a fried choux pastry traditionally eaten on March 19th, which is St. Joseph Day (la festa di San Giuseppe), also father's day in Italy. Like cream puffs, it is usually filled with custard cream but I used mascarpone cheese like tiramisu :D Father's day in Japan is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June, but I made zeppole for a change. hehe I hope you like this idea!
For choux pastry
  Water 125 Milliliter
  Unsalted butter 75 Gram
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Sugar 1 Pinch
  Cake flour 100 Gram
  Eggs 3 (at room temperature)
For filling
  Mascarpone cheese 100 Gram
  Heavy whipping cream 60 Milliliter
  Fresh strawberry jam 3 Tablespoon
For decoration
  Fresh strawberries 4 Large (cut in heart shape, for garnish)
  Powdered sugar 2 Teaspoon (for garnish)

1.For Choux Pastry: In a pan, put water, butter, salt, and sugar and bring to a boil.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and sift in the flour all at once. Mix well with a wooden spatula or spoon until smooth.
3. Put on medium heat again and stir with a wooden spatula or spoon until the mixture forms a ball. Look for the pan being coated with a thin film of the butter as shown in the video.
4. Stop the heat and transfer the batter to a bowl.
5. Add beaten eggs little by little and mix well.
6. Cut parchment paper into 20, 3-inch squares. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, and pipe 2-inch rings onto the parchment papers.
7. Pop them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to set.
8. Deep fry in oil at 320F (160C), 3-4 pieces at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. Let cool completely.
9. For Filling: Beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
10. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, mix mascarpone cheese, whipped cream and fresh strawberry jam.
11. Transfer the cream to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, and pipe it on the choux pastries.

12. Top with strawberries (cut into heart shape if you like) and sprinkle with powdered sugar.Refrigerate and serve cold.

You could bake them too. Spray some water and bake at 392F (200C) for 20 min.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Deep Fried
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Mascarpone Cheese
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 98 Calories from Fat 65

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g11.2%

Saturated Fat 4.1 g20.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 50.2 mg16.7%

Sodium 27.7 mg1.2%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g2.1%

Dietary Fiber 0.61 g2.4%

Sugars 2.3 g

Protein 2 g4.2%

Vitamin A 4.7% Vitamin C 6%

Calcium 1.6% Iron 0.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Zeppole Di San Giuseppe Recipe