The story goes that St Joseph, husband to the Virgin Mary and, in Italy, the patron saint of fathers, was a carpenter and so always had enough leftover wood to build a fire to cook on. According to the story, many carpenters of that time had a sideline in selling fried street food as a way of supplementing their income, and would offer simple food to passers-by, such as the famous bigne’. These buns are traditionally eaten on St Joseph’s Day, which is also Father’s Day in Italy.
Carefully snip open the base of the buns with scissors and, using a clean piping bag, fill them with confectioners’ custard, zabaglione, whipped cream or melted chocolate. You could also drizzle melted chocolate over the top.
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