Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pizzelles

not our family crest
I've had a pizzelle iron for at least a year, just sitting in my cabinet. I finally broke it out and made my first ever pizzelles! They were really nice...very delicate and not overly sweet (and pretty). 

Pizzelles are Italian wafer/waffle cookies. I've heard they're the oldest known cookie in the world, but I think there are other cookies that make the same claim, so who knows. I've also heard there used to be families in Italy who had their family crest imprinted on their pizzelle iron to personalize their cookies.

Pizzelles can also be rolled into a cone shape for, you guessed it, ice cream cones.

PIZZELLES
Yield: 30 cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
6 eggs
3 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons anise extract
2 pinches fine salt


1.      Mix together the ingredients in the order given.
2.      Heat pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Drop about 1 tablespoon dough on the hot iron. Close the iron and wait 2-3 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.

adapted from recipe submitted to allrecipes.com by Ed.

dough mixing
pizzelle irons come with different patterns
dough on pizzelle iron
the extra dough around the edges breaks off easily
I probably should have made some of these into cones,
just for show (some how I never think of these
things until I'm writing the post).

4 comments:

Randi said...

That is a perfect family crest for you.

Elizabeth (Foodie, Formerly Fat) said...

See, now we have to roll those into cones for all of our fantastic homemade ice-creams! Between the two of us we could throw together one hell of a grown-up ice-cream party.

crowjoy said...

Did you ever get to have any at my Aunt's? Legendary. Mine never come out the same. Also, not traditional but super tasty, using orange or lemon extract instead of anise.

Susan said...

I never had the honor (but sounds delicious)!

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