St. Joseph’s Day Pastry!

Today is the feast of Saint Joseph, and there are lots of good pieces around, discussing the great husband of Mary and step-father of Jesus. There are a lot of Joseph’s in New York. In our family we have Joe, Joseph, Joey, and so forth, and they’re all gleefully awaiting supper, so they can enjoy Sfingi (pronounced sfINgy) for dessert!

Basically, a Sfingi Di San Giuseppe is like a cannoli, but instead of a tubal cookie, the ricotta creme (or custard if you prefer) is served in a pâte à choux, or creampuff. I could never master pâte à choux dough but my brother S used to whip these up with some ease!

Here is a very good recipe! Warning: they are very delicious but very rich and very filling. You can easily share this dessert with someone else!

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  • Ellen

    Our church whose patron is St. Joseph had a St. Joseph Altar set up and we collected bread which will be distributed to the poor. I must try this pastry some time, but after Lent.

  • fiestamom

    Oh man, that looks good. I might have to try that soon.

    Went to daily Mass this am. The school/preschool attended Mass as well. Two little preschoolers (boy/girl) were dressed as Mary and Joseph and brought up the gifts. Adorable!

  • Ryan Haber

    My family is Irish, but one of my mom’s closest friends is a New York Italian. We’ve always enjoyed having each other’s feast days in such proximity to each other. Also, its a nice little break from Lenten gloom, especially when they straddle Laetare Sunday or Annunciation Day or something.

  • Raymond Suda

    In my hometown they always gave away loaves of fresh baked bread at the Italian parishes from the local bakeries on St. Joseph’s feastday.

  • Roz Smith

    Most of the Catholics in my home town were German, Polish or Irish so I first heard of the St. Joseph Day’s tradition from a news story. The D’Agostino family in neighboring Minneapolis owned a restaurant called Sammy D’s, presided over by Mama D herself. Starting in the mid 60′s Mama D offered up a free meal of pasta dishes to all who showed up on March 19th. Donations were accepted for charity. The restaurant was near the University of Minnesota’s main campus so the lines always went around the block.

    Mama D’s son is now a part owner of Caffe Biaggio in St Paul, MN where the tradition has been continued.

  • Tom Perna

    You are making me salivate like a Pavlovian dog. Growing up in an Italian family these treats were always talked about and often eaten. @Ellen – you must try one. They are fantastic. Of course most Italian desserts are very good. I am in Texas and there are no Italians here, well at least not in Austin.

    If it wasn’t for the Italians, where would be the world be today? The only thing we don’t do well is maybe laws. Ever seen the Sistine Chapel? Yeah, that was done by Italians. Fahghetabouit! If you want to know more, let me know. I have list of things Italians do well. :-)

  • Laura

    I am missing my Dad today–this lightened my heart.

  • Gayle Miller

    My “fundament” grew by a 1/4″ just reading the recipe! Wow – delicious. I may make these for my sister’s homecoming from the hospital. On second thought, no!

  • Christie

    Happy St. Joseph’s Day to one & all!!

  • Jack B. Nimble

    Thou shalt not tempt! Isn’t it Lent, and don’t we Americans have waistlines approximating the equator already? My doctor would disown me if I starting eating what we called in my childhood “gushy” desserts. May those of you from the Italian culture/heritage enjoy. Mangia. (I’m not RC but these days we mainline Prots do Lent, and even the evo Baptists are calling it a 40 day preparation period or some such).