Sfinci di San Giuseppe

Sfinci di San Giuseppe, a traditional dessert of Palermo that prepares San Giuseppe, for father's day. I've never prepared before, but because of the distance from home I'm rediscovering the traditions of my homeland and I remembered in corner (Thanks to a reader who asked me about the recipe, to be honest) This delicious sweet, so I prepared just yesterday, I fixed the photos, I wrote down the recipe and here it is. Perhaps not everyone knows that the sfinci are so closely related to Sicily have been inserted by the Ministry of agriculture in the typical Italian food products list (Pat). The dough is a sort of choux pastry, very quick and easy to prepare, It is fried (traditionally in lard, but I use the oil). If you prefer, you can also put the dough for sfinci of St. Joseph on a baking sheet and bake at 220 degrees for 25 minutes. Obviously the filling can only be the filling of Sicilian pastries: a cream cheese, chocolate and candies. Fill them sparing and – Once morse, because they eat with their hands, I recommend – You'll hear the Sicily. It also launched the idea of ​​preparing sfinci of St. Joseph for Carnival, I think they are perfect for a party which is the feast of fried sweet, and do not forget to have a look at all my CARNIVAL RECIPES. Have a good day!

Sfinci SAN GIUSEPPE RICOTTA (Sicilian recipe)

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  • DOSE 10 Sfinci:
  • 150 milliliters of water
  • 100 grams of flour 00
  • 3 eggs
  • 50 grams powdered sugar
  • organic lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon rum or cognac
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 50 grams of butter (or lard, for those who want to be faithful to tradition)
  • peanut oil for frying, just enough
  • Caster sugar, just enough
  • 500 grams of ricotta cheese
  • 200 grams of powdered sugar
  • 100 grams of dark chocolate, chopped or in drops
  • 80 grams of mixed candied fruit besides those for decoration


For the base of sfinci of St. Joseph, put in a saucepan of water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and, When the butter has melted, Add all the flour, then mix vigorously until dough is smooth and without lumps and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for at least 5 minutes (eye which sticks to pot and burn with ease). Roll out the dough on a plate so as to allow it to cool.

After a few minutes, put the dough in a bowl and add one egg at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer so completely to the dough mix. Do not add another egg if the dough has not absorbed the previous. Once you have a smooth dough, shiny and silky, Add powdered sugar, the rum and lemon zest, Stir to incorporate all.

Pour into a pan with high sides peanut oil (the tradition wants that he fried in lard), heat up to 160 degrees, fill a tablespoon of mixture and pour it gently in the oil. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes: the sfinci of St. Joseph have become gilded and you have to produce on each a sort of rift, that indicates that they are cooked inside. Once ready, place them on paper towels and allow to cool, then cut into them so that they fill and dip in granulated sugar.

For the filling, You can also prepare it the day before so the flavors blend well, Sift the ricotta in a fine strainer or chinoise, Then knead with the icing sugar until soft and creamy. Add the chocolate and Candied peel, chopped.

Stuff each sfincia of St. Joseph with plenty of ricotta and garnish with candied fruit or mixed, If you prefer, chopped pistachios. Bon appétit!

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Antonella 13 March 2019 at 11:29

ADA! Good morning!!!
I have often heard Sfinci, but I knew the recipe (to which I came through your donuts arrive right now!).
I must say that they look stunning and you've made me just the idea of ​​preparing for my dad!
A big kiss! See you soon, Antonella 😎

Ada Parisi 13 March 2019 at 14:51

Hello Antonella! Watch, I'm biased, but to me the sfinci with ricotta are one of the good things of life! The principle is similar to that of fried donuts, because in practice it is a fried dough puffs, but the stuffing is amazing! Let me know if you make them, a warm greeting! ADA

elisabetta 12 February 2018 at 14:14

Dearest Ada adore these types of sweets, sicurmante these days I will prepare them.
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 13 February 2018 at 14:14

Thanks Elizabeth, you were always very kind!

Gabri March 20, 2016 at 15:46

Dear Ada,I ate the sfinci di San Giuseppe a Catania but are something else,made of rice and drizzle with honey. Since you are very good, Why don't you suggest recipe? Kisses and thanks

Ada Parisi March 20, 2016 at 18:46

Gabri the freshly made, Let's say I'm still eating! Us in Messina eat sprinkled with caster sugar, but this time I did as you say, with honey and orange zest. The audience soon, promised, so you tell me if they like your! ADA

Angie March 18, 2016 at 18:26

This candy I didn't know them mica! I just decorated to the nines!

Ada Parisi March 20, 2016 at 14:37

Thanks Angie, Welcome to my blog. See you soon, ADA


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