My mother requested homemade pizzelles for her birthday. I searched high and low for anise extract for authentic ones. No luck. So, I improvised.
The recipe I used is:
- 1 and 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- zest of 1 orange
Mix the dry ingredients together. Beat the eggs & melted butter together, add the extracts and orange zest. Combine with the dry ingredients and bake in a pizzelle iron.
I have a thing for kitchen gadgets and the pizzelle iron is one of my favorites. There is nothing else I can make with it but these cookies but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
I haven’t managed to make perfect ones. They always need trimming after coming out of the iron. Perhaps I need more practice? Or maybe I should just embrace imperfection since my kids clamor around me to nibble the trimmings. We dug some caramel dip out of the fridge to turn a few into stroopwaffels — a dutch treat!
The rest were packaged up to mail off to my mother.
Here’s hoping they arrive on time — and intact!
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