deep fried ricotta-filled puffs

Traditionally eaten on 19 March, St Joseph's day in Western Sicily, sfincia di San Giuseppe are made of a soft fried dough, filled (usually) with ricotta cream, chocolate bits, pistachios and orange peel.

In Palermo someone who is gentle and easily pliable is said to be moddu comu na’ sfincia ('as soft as a sfincia').

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