St. Joseph sweet fritters: Grandma Lina’s recipe

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In Italy March 19th is St. Joseph day and it is our Father’s day. We celebrate this occasion – since ever – cooking fritters and in particular sweet St. Joseph fritters.

St. Joseph sweet fritters recipe from the Italian Riviera

Actually here in the Italian Riviera we have a proper traditional St. Joseph lunch, made up of guess what? All fritters! Not very light one, but nobody complains! In particular we use to prepare:

  • frisceu“: a leavened bread dough made with different veggies inside (such as finely chopped spring onions, marjoram, lettuche) scooped and deep fried.
  • cuculli” , small round fritters made with a chickpea flour batter.
  • crocchette di patata“, potato fritters , made with smashed potatoes, eggs, parmesan cheese and majoram;
  • crocchette di riso“, rice fritters, kinda Sicilian arancini made with white rice and filled with cheese; and
  • frisceu dosci“, sweet fritters. Usually there are round fritters with raisin or diced apples inside, always generously sprinkled with sugar.

The recipe of sweet fritters I want to share is very old, not so common nowadays, but really good and very nice looking!

This is a friend’s of mine grandma’s recipe. Nonna Lina was a great home cook. As many ladies who survived the Second World War she was used to cook for all the family, twice a day, always with a smile printed on her face and never complaining about the hardships of life.

I think we all have, in these difficult days, to remember our grandmas, put a feet in their – less comfortable than ours – shoes, roll up our leaves and keep on smiling despite this damned virus.

I have prepared a video of this recipe, hope you will enjoy it!

Here the recipe. Let’s celebrate our dads guys and let’s stick together!

#andràtuttobene.

St. Joseph sweet fritters recipe from the Italian Riviera
St. Joseph sweet fritters recipe from the Italian Riviera

St. Joseph sweet fritters recipe from the Italian Riviera
St. Joseph sweet fritters recipe from the Italian Riviera

St. Joseph sweet fritters recipe from the Italian Riviera

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