Monday, November 30, 2009

Pizzelle Cookies & Pizzelle Irons

While common at Italian weddings and available year round in retail packages, pizzelle cookies are very popular during Easter and especially Christmas. Pizzelles are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (often vanilla, anise, or lemon zest). Depending on their recipe, they can be served hard & crispy or soft & chewy.

The meaning of the word shares the same origin of pizza. Pizze means "round" & "flat". The pizzelle's origin comes from South Central Italy in the Abruzzo region.
It is common for two cookies to be sandwiched with cannoli cream or hazelnut spread. When warm, these cookies can be rolled into cones or cannoli shells. Gelato in a pizzelle cone, sounds yummy about now. One reason for its popularity during Christmas, besides the obvious tradition of families making them from scratch, is that the iron, like a waffle iron, leaves an imprint like a snowflake on the cookie. A little powdered sugar on it and it looks like it came from the snowy outdoors. For those interested, Doris Italian Market & Bakery sells pizelle irons and the mix for thise who wish to cut some corners. These items can be found in our stores and at our online store. Simply click on the images and they will take you to the online store to order one. You should hurry though, these pizzelle irons always sell out every year.
As for recipes, there are many variances but they all tend to be rooted by a basic foundation. The following recipe is considered a traditional recipe.

Pizzelle Recipe

Makes 150 pizzelles

6 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla or anise extract (pure)
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar


1. Beat the eggs until smooth. Add the oil and vanilla or anise extract. Onto the mixture, sift the flour and baking powder. Add the sugar and blend vigorously all of these dry ingredients into the egg mixture until smooth. The mixture will be sticky and stiff. Test by dropping the mixture from a small teaspoon or demi-tasse spoon. As needed, add a few tablespoons of water so that the mix drops conveniently as a ribbon in two to three seconds. If the mix is too thin, add a few tablespoons of flour.

2. Set the Color Control Dial of the Pizzelle Pro® to about 3 - 3 1/2 and bake using the red/green light cycle for timing. Alternatively, bake for approximately 45 seconds, open the lid briefly to examine the color, and bake longer as desired to create a darker/browner surface. The baking time can be shortened slightly by increasing the Color Control Dial reading about 1/2 unit.

For those who want the cookies but do not want to make them, we have retail packages available in different brands and flavors. Inquire at your local Doris Italian Market & Bakery. Happy Shoppin' & Happy Eatin'!



3 comments:

  1. Just bought another iron from Doris, guys if you have never made these fresh; anise...lemon citrus flavors, you do not know what an italian Christmas REALLY is. very easy... give it a try.

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  2. Wondering if anyone knows where to buy a personalized pizzelle maker. I am looking to buy one for my mom with our family name on it. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Lisa

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  3. Check out www.williams-sonoma.com for personalized pizzelle irons....

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