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Best St. Joseph's Day pastry (sfingi di San Giuseppe) in NYC?

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Best St. Joseph's Day pastry (sfingi di San Giuseppe) in NYC?

italianices | Mar 5, 2012 01:18 PM

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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppole

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.

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