Sunday, June 23 2024

Traditional sweets prepared on Father’s Day and in honor of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, protector of workers and the poor.

The March 19 feast coincides with the end of winter, a time when agrarian purification rites are celebrated through large bonfires in which the residues of the field harvest are burned.

These rites are accompanied by hymns in honor of the saint and the preparation of the famous fritters, which, although varying in recipe from territory to territory, are the typical dish of this occasion.

They are nothing more than balls of rice cooked in milk, blended with a few other ingredients.

The name itself indicates the method of cooking.





  • 130g (4 1/2 ounces) Roma rice
  • 550ml (1.2 pints – 2 1/3 cups) skimmed milk
  • 20g (3/4 ounce) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • Rind of half a lemon
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 40g (1 1/2 ounce) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons white rhum
  • 25g (1 ounce) sultanas
  • Olive or peanut oil for frying
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Salt



  • Boil rice.
    Cook rice in 500ml (1 pint – 2 C) of milk together with sugar and a pinch of salt.
    Drain and spread it on a dish.
    Let it cool.
  • – Meanwhile …
    … soak sultanas in warm water, about 20-30 minutes.
    Then squeeze of their soaking water.
  • – Prepare rice mixture for fritters.
    Take the whole egg and divide yolk from white.
    Then put the two yolks in a bowl together with rice, cinnamon, lemon rind, rhum, sultanas and remaining milk.
    Sift flour with baking powder and stir accurately.
    Stiffly whisk the egg white you’ve put apart in a bowl and fold gently into your mixture.
    Add other milk only if necessary.
  • – Frying.
    Heat abundant oil for frying in a skillet.
    Transfer spoonfuls of your rice mixture into hot oil, a few at a time.
    Cook until golden brown on both sides.
    Remove your fritters with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Just before serving

  • – Dust with icing sugar.
    Serve rice fritters warm.




  • – Rome rice variety has a large, rounded grain which gives a lot of starch during cooking.

  • – If you cook them for your children, substitute rhum with orange juice.

  • – I suggest you to use always extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil for frying.Another important tip: use oil only once.

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