I braved it this year and decided I was going to make my own. Wow! There are only a few recipes online and you are hard pressed to find one for a "baked" Zeppole
As I had never made them before I was daring but not so daring to go with "flavored" cream...I stuck with the Traditional "Italian" boiled cream I already knew how to make. LOL
Here is my version, Hope you enjoy!
1/2 cup sugar + 3 tbsp.
1 Stick Butter
4 Eggs (large)
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Water
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 tbsp Butter
1 cup Whole Milk
1 cup Heavy Cream
7 tbsp Sugar
4 tbsp Cornstarch
2 tsp Vanilla
Mix together Eggs, sugar and cornstarch. Cream until ribbon texture.
In heavy saucepan bring milk, cream and butter to a boil.
Remove from heat and while whisking continuously, add egg mixture.
Move back to heat for one minute. Do not stop mixing!
Continue mixing for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and strain into a bowl. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 425° f.
Sift together flour, Salt and baking soda, set aside.
Cute each shell in half, revealing a top and bottom.
Fill each shell with 2 tbsp cream.
Cover with top
Add 1 tsp cream to top.
Dust with powdered sugar and maraschino cherry.