Zeppole di San Giuseppe

You must have a Zeppole di San Giuseppe on March 19th; a Neapolitan pastry filled with a lemon pastry cream and topped with a sour cherry.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked zeppole, zeppole di san giuseppe recipe, zeppole pastry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 127kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted room temperature
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 12 amarene cherries
  • icing sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400℉. Place rack in the center of oven.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, salt and sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, over medium high heat, combine water and butter. Bring to a boil.
  • Remove saucepan from heat.
  • Add flour mixture all at once, and stir with wooden spoon.
  • Lower heat to medium low.
  • Return saucepan to the stove and continue to stir until mixture forms a smooth ball (1-2 minutes).
  • Remove from heat.
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl of stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
  • Let cool for about 2 minutes.
  • Beat with paddle attachment or hand held mixture for a few minutes in order to cool down the mixture (1-2 minutes).
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Spoon dough into pastry bag fitted with open star tip.
  • Pipe dough into 2" nests on parchment paper.
  • Place in pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
  • During last 5 minutes of baking, pierce the outer shell with a sharp knife allowing the steam to escape. Leave the oven door ajar.
  • Remove the pastry shells from the oven. Can cut in half or leave as is. 
  • When shells are cool, use pastry bag fitted open star tip to pipe pastry cream onto the shells; cover with the top and pipe another tablespoon or so over the top OR make a small hole and pipe pastry cream directly in the cavity; top with more pastry cream. 
  • Top with an amarena (cherry) and a dusting of icing sugar.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 31mg | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.7mg