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!