The rice doughnuts recipe is one of the main recipes of the Tuscan confectionery tradition. We prepare these delicious “frittelle” made with rice for Carnival and for St. Joseph Day, every 19th March, when we also celebrate Father’s Day.

Making rice doughnuts is so much rooted in our tradition that we have an adagio saying “San Giuseppe non si fa senza frittelle” which means that there is no St. Joseph Day without rice doughnuts.

Joseph has always been an important figure for the Catholic religion. He was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the foster father of Jesus and in 1870 was declared by Pope Pius IX as protector of the Catholic Church. He is also the patron saint of some towns, protector of workers, orphans, young nubile girls and of the poorest people.

In accordance with the Latin Catholic Church traditions, the 19 March in Italy we also celebrate another recurrence, Father’s Day.  While many other countries do it on the third Sunday of June, we honor our fathers and their love for us on the day of Saint Joseph.

My grandma rice doughnuts recipe

At my place in Cecina, on the Etruscan Coast, the patron saint is exactly St. Joseph. Being a holiday in town, schools, offices and even some shops are closed. So people use to spend the day with family and kids, having nice walks in the open air, relaxing and resting. And eating dozen of rice doughnuts!

As most of the recipes we posted on the blog, even the rice donuts recipe recalls a memory of my childhood. It reminds me of the time spent with my dad. Due to his job, we could not spend too much time together and St. Joseph Day was the opportunity to bring me out having some biking, walking or playing tennis. While my mum was waiting for us, preparing lunch and rice donuts as dessert, using the doughnuts recipe of her grandmother.

If you have never tried to prepare rice fritters, I suggest doing it as soon as you can. You won’t regret.

The donuts recipe is really an “easy to make” recipe. You will obtain golden brown, fluffy and tasty doughnuts that make your kids and friends happy! Do not forget to roll them into the sugar before serving together with a glass of sweet dessert wine.

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Happy St. Joseph Day everybody and happy Father’s Day to all Italian fathers!

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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 1 night
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 1 night
St. joseph doughnuts recipe
St. Joseph rice donuts recipe
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 1 night
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 1 night
Ingredients
Servings: 60 doughnuts
Instructions
The day before...
  1. Zest the lemon and the orange, then squeeze out the orange juice into a glass. You will need zests and juice.
  2. Place milk, sugar and lemon and orange zest into a saucepan and wait until the milk boils.
  3. Add rice and cook it over low heat for about 30/40 minutes until rice and milk become a creamy dough. Blend with a wooden spoon avoiding that rice stick to the saucepan.
  4. Pour the dough into a bowl, wait until it cools down, cover with a food wrap, and then place it in the fridge for the night (or few hours).
The day after...
  1. Remove the bowl from the fridge, add the eggs, flour, orange juice, the baking powder for desserts, Sambuca (or rum) and mix well.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Check the temperature of the oil: drop a small quantity of dough into the oil. When little bubbles come around the dough, the oil is ready.
  3. Use a teaspoon to get small fritters and drop them in the hot oil.
  4. Turn doughnuts using two forks and wait until they are golden brown, and then drain them on a plate with a paper towel.
  5. Coat doughnuts with sugar and serve right away.
Recipe Notes

Take note that rice needs to sit for a night or for a few hours before to use it. Enjoy!

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