St. Joseph's Choux Pastry Puffs with Thermomix: Italian Traditional Recipe

Would you like to use your Thermomix to prepare the famous Italian Zeppole or St. Joseph's Choux Pastry Puffs? It is a southern Italy traditional recipe prepared on St. Joseph's Day (19th March), which is Dad's Day too.

St. Joseph's puffs are fantastic if made with Thermomix and they are very easy to prepare, especially with the oven. The original version requires the frying but if you hate frying oil odour in the kitchen or if you love your shape they can be cooked in the oven too.

As with other celebrations St. Joseph's puffs have a different meaning to each person because they are linked to a particular memory or situation, that kind of association we usually do through food. I'll leave you all these sensations to you while tasting these homemade St. Joseph's puffs! Is there anything cosier?

The recipe has been sent by Rosana Saturio from Giovinazzo (Bari) who discovered it thanks to her Thermomix consultant.

It is usually prepared in March but you can make it whenever you want!


- 200 g Water
- 200 g Butter
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 200 g Flour
- 4 Eggs
- Thermomix Custard
- Sour Cherries in syrup
- Icing Sugar as much as needed

How to prepare St. Joseph's Choux Pastry Puffs

Put water, butter and salt in the bowl and cook. 10 Min. 100°C Speed 2.

Add flour and mix. 40 Sec. Speed 4-5.

Let it get cold stirring from time to time. 5 Sec. Speed 4.

Add eggs one by one while knives are moving at Speed 4 until you have a smooth and homogeneous mixture (about 30 Sec. for each egg).

Shape to puffs and cook in a fan-assisted oven. 180°C.

Fill in with Thermomix Custard, dust with icing sugar and dress with sour cherries in syrup.

My advice

To shape the puffs in a good way use a piping bag with a large star nozzle or use two tablespoons, as you'd do with meringues.

Please notice you must leave some space between puffs on the baking tray because they grow up during cooking and they could stick together.

Translated from the Italian recipe
Zeppole o Bignè di San Giuseppe Ricetta con il Bimby

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