As St. Joseph's Day is coming up in exactly two weeks on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day pastries (sfingi di San Giuseppe) will be available very soon in Sicilian/Italian bakeries around the Tri-State area.
St. Joseph's Day pastries are basically zeppole that are filled with cream or custard. I've only encountered deep-fried versions, but apparently they can be baked as well:
Can anyone recommend bakeries in the five boroughs or even the suburbs which make the best versions of this pastry? If possible, please mention whether they're deep-fried or baked.
Also, are these pastries generally only available on March 19th, or are they sold for a 2-3 week period before and after the 19th? Does it vary from one bakery to the next?
Thanks in advance.