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Frittelle Gilli
March 16, 2023

Le Frittelle di San Giuseppe

The right recipe to make a sweet wish to all the dads in the world

According to the tradition of the time, after escaping to Egypt with Mary and Jesus, San Giuseppe had to sell pancakes in order to support his family in the foreign land.
For this very reason, all over Italy, these are the typical Father's Day sweets, prepared to celebrate and commemorate the figure of San Giuseppe. Each city, province or region obviously has its own variation, but the fundamental element that unites and distinguishes these sweets is that they must be fried in plenty of oil, just as tradition dictates.


500 ml milk
100 g rice
30 g sugar (plus extra for covering)
60 g flour
25 g butter
1 egg (separate yolk and albumen)
1 tablespoon of rum
5 g baking powder
lemon peel
1 pinch of salt
seed oil for frying


In a saucepan put the milk, sugar, a pinch of salt and lemon peel cut into strips. As soon as it starts to boil, remove the lemon peel and add the rice. Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. I left it almost 30 minutes. Stir often, especially toward the end, so that the rice does not stick to the bottom. Add the butter and let it melt. Turn off and transfer to a flat plate and cover with foil. Let cool first at room temperature and then in the refrigerator. I waited a total of three hours, but it would be better to leave it in the refrigerator overnight if desired. Add the egg yolk and rum to the rice. Add sifted flour and baking powder. Whip the egg white and incorporate it into the mixture. Heat the oil and dip the rice pancakes in a few at a time. If they end up on the bottom, pull them apart and you will see them rise to the surface. Turn them often so they cook evenly. They should cook 4-5 minutes in all, Let the excess oil dry up. Dip San Giuseppe's rice fritters in granulated sugar and serve piping hot.

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