Craving Zeppoli this weekend? Pippa Mattei's got you covered

Make your own zeppoli this year with Pippa Mattei's tried-and-tested recipe

Craving Zeppoli this weekend? Pippa Mattei's got you covered
Craving Zeppoli this weekend? Pippa Mattei's got you covered

There are a number of recipes for the all-important Saint Josephs puffs. Made with choux pastry, some are baked and filled with crème anglais (zeppole) and some are fried and filled with ricotta, candied peel, chopped nuts and grated chocolate as the zeppoli we enjoy here. Some recipes even make the puffs out of soaked rice or pasta!

Zepploli ta' San Guzepp

Makes 12 - 14


  • 200ml water
  • 75g butter
  • 125g plain flour (sifted onto a square of greaseproof paper)
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  • 500g ricotta
  • 50g candied peel or glace cherries
  • 2 tbsp grated dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 100g hazelnuts or almonds, roasted then chopped


  • Maltese honey
  • A pinch of cinnamon


  1. Place water and butter in a pan over low heat until butter is melted. Bring to the boil and then add your sifted flour and salt, stir until mixture forms a ball and leaves the side of the pan.
  2. Remove from heat immediately and cool slightly.
  3. Place mixture into bowl of electric mixer, add the grated rind of an orange and a lemon, and turn on to low speed.
  4. Add the beaten eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition making sure the dough is well mixed.
  5. The mixture should be very thick, smooth and glossy.
  6. Heat oil in a pan for deep-frying. When very hot, add tablespoons of the choux pastry and cook till they are all ‘puffed up’ and begin to ‘split’, and rise to the surface. (Cook about four at a time).
  7. Drain well on absorbent kitchen paper and when cool split three quarters of the way through.
  8. To make the filling, mix the ricotta with the chopped candied peel, or chopped glace cherries, grated chocolate and 50g of the chopped roasted nuts.
  9. Place large spoonfuls of this mixture into each puff and when all done, drizzle some Maltese honey on the tops and sprinkle a little cinnamon and the other half of your roasted chopped nuts.
  10. Serve at once.