Similar to its Polish cousin the paczki's ties to Fat Tuesday, many bakeries roll out the Italian pastry zeppole (similar in look to a French cruller) once a year in time for the St. Joseph holiday (Thursday, March 19).
Containing more egg to create a lighter, fluffier interior than paczki, zeppole are deep-fried, cooled, then often sliced in half and stuffed with a limited number of fillings. Standards are vanilla custard or cannoli cream, but as you will see in the map below, other options include French cream or chocolate custard. All zeppole get dusted with a shower of powdered sugar, and are usually topped with more filling and a variety of fruits (cherry being the most popular).
Here are 10 local bakeries to grab a zeppole before they disappear on Friday.Read More