Friday, December 24, 2010

pizzelle

i learned to make pizzelle
at the knee of my great-aunt rose
while still quite young

she was an amazing baker
and
a real stickler
i learned not to lick the spoon
at a very early age

each time i lift
my pizzelle iron
from its tattered 
and 
batter scarred box
my memory of  my aunt rose floats richly
in the fragrance of these cookies
and
the season
 Pizzelle 
(printable recipe)
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 Tbs Anise flavored extract
4 oz unsalted butter--melted and cooled
combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, yolks, sugar, extract and melted butter.  stir into the flour mixture. this batter will be nice and thick, similar to a pate a choux.  drop by the spoonful onto a hot pizzelle iron.  check after 60 seconds for color. you want it to be a light blonde in color.  do not undercook, undercooked pizzelle will not get nice and crispy.  sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar and serve.
you can form these into cones or cups, or even cut in fourths while they are still warm.  i like to use them for large and beautiful ice cream sandwiches...or rolled and filled with a bit of brandy flavored whipped cream...but i mostly like them just as they are.

one last thing...
wishing you all
a peaceful holiday
filled 
with sweet memories
humble gratitude
and
deep joy
Merry Christmas

7 comments:

  1. I love pizzelles. I love when my mom makes them. I may just have to ask her to bring her pizzelle maker tomorrow so we can make some :)

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family...

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  3. We used to make this when we were kids. Haven't done it since! Sounds good!

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  4. beautiful cookies
    merry chritmas to u &urfamily

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  5. I don;t think I've had these! They sound so yummy and sweet and they're so pretty to look at...almost like snowflakes!

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  6. it's time for me to break out my spanking brand new pizzelle maker!

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