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Old 03-18-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Concord NC
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St. Patrick's day is over, but St. Joseph's Day is Monday. Since I can't find Sfinge (St. Joseph's Day Pastry) close to me since I moved from LI NY, I am going to try making my own. I had done it before a few years ago and remember it not being that difficult.
Easter is also coming up and I'm thinking about trying to make Grain Pie.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:14 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Not being either Italian or Catholic, I never heard of St. Joseph's Day until I got a job in the city. People from my office brought in all these tasty pastries. I was happy to observe it.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:57 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Not Italian but I buy a few Sfinge at the Italian bakery to share.

If you make them yourself let us know how it goes. I love those things.

Found an Italian bakery in Concord NH. Terrasini Pastry Shop (603) 224-7007. Its in a mall. Weird. They may have sfinge.
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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St Joseph's day? Grain Pie? Sfinge?

This half-Jewish girl has never heard of any of 'em.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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The terms zeppole and sfinge are also used to refer to baked cream puffs made from choux pastry. Some zeppole are filled with ricotta mixed with small pieces of chocolate, candied fruits and honey. I love them!
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Concord NC
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Not Italian but I buy a few Sfinge at the Italian bakery to share.

If you make them yourself let us know how it goes. I love those things.

Found an Italian bakery in Concord NH. Terrasini Pastry Shop (603) 224-7007. Its in a mall. Weird. They may have sfinge.
I got busy and didn't have time to make them .
I settled for supermarket cannoli.
Thanks for the Concord tip, but I'm in Concord NC.

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Old 03-19-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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The terms zeppole and sfinge are also used to refer to baked cream puffs made from choux pastry. Some zeppole are filled with ricotta mixed with small pieces of chocolate, candied fruits and honey. I love them!
Ah - zeppole! THAT I know. I lived just a few blocks north of Little Italy in Philadelphia once. Loved walking to the Saturday food market, and often had these kinds of treats. I also often had the Italian Mama's sitting on their front stoops trying to set me up with their unmarried son's ("are you Catholic? No? well, that's okay - you can convert").
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: NYC
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[quote=RP2C;51352985]I got busy and didn't have time to make them .
I settled for supermarket cannoli.
Thanks for the Concord tip, but I'm in Concord NC.[


Sorry. Don't know how I turned a C into an H.

One good thing, cannoli are probably better for your arteries than sfinge.

Happy St. Joseph Day!
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
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Since I moved out of New York, finding Italian pastries is nearly impossible.....and I feel like striking out the word "nearly". It's one thing I surely miss about New York.

I haven't had time to make sfinge (we used to call them "sfogliatelli" when I was a kid but I'm not sure if there is a subtle difference between the two) since I've had to work, but I have always enjoyed Saint Joseph's Day just as much as Saint Patrick's!

I'm still going to make the traditional recipes for Palm Sunday and Easter, however.
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Old 03-19-2018, 01:08 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Last trip up north, a friend from Brooklyn brought us 2 dozen cannoli - they were gone before we hit the TN border. Cannoli are not my favorite, I actually don't like them at all. But I love sfogliatelli and zeppoli. Although my favorite desert of all-time, regardless of the holiday, is Junior's cheesecake - plain, don't destroy it with toppings. Luckily they ship anywhere and we get one twice a year - maybe 3 times this year.


I will say, having raised my family in Rhode Island, that we loved the St. Joseph's Day parade and food. Then again, my ex and I both love Italian food and I've been told by several Italian friends that my gravy is just like Nonna's. Best compliment ever.
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