When Father's Day arrives, many typical sweets are prepared, including the Zeppole di San Giuseppe.
Some of you will know them with the name of Crispelle di Riso or Crispelle dei Benedettini, they are elongated pancakes, made with rice, enriched with orange and lots of honey.
Their name"crispelle"derives from their"crepe", rough surface. “Zeppola”, on the other hand, suggests their elongated shape, similar to a wedge.
Like any good old dessert, even the Zeppole di San Giuseppe have their origins in the ecclesiastical environment. Invented by the nuns of the Benedictine Monastery of Catania in the sixteenth century and for this reason also called"crepes of rice Benedictine use"or"Benedictine", they are often accompanied by Father's Day, but why?
There are two interesting stories about this:the first sees the bread with honey as the poor ancestor of the rice donuts. In ancient times the phrase “Cc'è mmeli, cc'è mmeli…” was pronounced in reference to the birth of a newborn, as the father offered bread and honey to relatives to celebrate. The Rice Zeppole, therefore, are just perfect to celebrate all fathers!
The second story tells of a Joseph who, in addition to being a carpenter, was also a fryer, for this reason fried Zeppole are prepared in honor of St. Joseph.