Time To Make The Zeppole

March 27, 2009 at 12:45 am Leave a comment

by Priscilla Lynne Young

Published on my02818.com on March 19, 2009


Bake them, and they will come.


Indeed, people have been lining up for the past couple of weeks for Felicia’s zeppole, according to Felicia Revens owner of Felicia’s Coffee on Post Road.


Zeppole, also called sfinge, are the traditional pastry associated with the Italian celebration of St. Joseph’s Day, which is today.  Zeppole are also referred to in Italian as Bigné di San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph Day Cakes.  


Legend has it that the tradition of St. Joseph’s Day began during the Middle Ages in Sicily. People prayed to St. Joseph, their patron saint, for rain during what had been a severe drought. If St. Joseph would bring rain, the people would prepare a great feast in his honor. Indeed it rained, and the people of Sicily kept their word.  St. Joseph’s Day is recognized as a day of kindness and generosity because the feast was shared with the town’s poor.


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