St. Joseph Day Pastries

Yesterday, March 19th, was St.Joseph Day. My sister bought two special pastries at Pasticerria Rocco on Bleecker Street. On the left is Sfingi On the right is Zeppole, baked to honor the occasion. “St. Joseph’s Pastries or Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional cream filled pastries from Campagna region of Italy.” -Click for recipe from Italian Recipe Book.

From Rocco’s in New York City photographed by my sister

Nine years ago I photographed Carmela at La Tavola in Pittsburgh. These are all the breads she baked for St. Joseph Day. Here’s that post

The 24 foot tall St Joseph the Worker statue is still in a church parking lot in Homestead. Here’s that story from ten years ago. I revisited a couple weeks ago to see if he was still there. He is.

St. Joseph at St. Michael in St. Augustine

St. Joseph Feast Day March 19     IMG_3592


You might remember another St. Joseph Feast Day post  Carmela baked all of these breads


 NPR story about zeppoles (pastry) – Providence Rhode Island at LaSalle Bakery

and click to read a collection of St. Joseph Day recipes at the New York Times

Vincenzo Displays Easter Breads in Preparation for Sunday

Pasticceria Rocco. 243 Bleecker Street.  When Mary and I had our hot cross buns and cappuccino, this nice young man gave me a detailed tour of the pastries in all the glass cases.  He knew I was from out of town.  When we returned the next evening he was there and I asked if I might take his photo.  He reached for the loaves (Egg Bread and Panettone) and was an enthusiastic subject.  Friday, the devout are fasting and not considering eating the delicious breads until Sunday but you should have seen the Egg Cookies being wrapped up in white boxes and tied with string, flying out of the place! The Struffoli looked enticing, too.

Easter Egg Cookies, not the Egg Bread.