There are certain things that go hand in hand with Christmas. Pine trees, snowflakes and lots of tasty snacks! One of these is Pizzelle. These crisp Italian waffle cookies are an absolute treat, and when dusted with some powder sugar are super Christmassy too! By how do you make Pizzelle? Well, read our homemade Pizzelle recipe to find out.
How To Make Pizzelles
Pizzelle are like prettier versions of Dutch waffles. Aside from the way that they look there is also a subtle difference in the taste. Whereas waffles rely heavily on cinnamon, to give them their flavor, our Pizzelle Recipe relies on a subtle hint of anise to give it a distinctive taste.
Now, if you want traditional pizzelle you are going to need some special equipment. The distinctive lattice pattern is achieved by cooking the Pizzelle in a Pizzelle iron. However, if you don’t have one, it is not a deal breaker. You’ll be able to read in our tips and tricks below other ways to make Pizzelle without an official iron.
Oh, and to get the frosting effect you are going to have to use powder sugar. This is optional however. It works best if you don’t just dump it on with a spoon. A teaspoon at a time and a gentle sieve will have your Pizzelle perfectly coated and looking their best.
Tips and Tricks
This is particularly important with the eggs and sugar. You must whip them frantically until they have turned a really pale-yellow colour. If you can achieve soft peaks then you have nailed it.
- Making Pizzelle without a Pizzelle iron? No problem. If you have a waffle iron this will work equally as well, you’ll get exactly the same taste, they just might be slightly thicker and with less detail.
The easiest option is to bake the pizzelle on a tray. These are less visually appealing but they will taste the same. Just bake the batter thinly spread on a tray in a 350’ Fahrenheit oven until the edges are just browning then remove and cool before cutting into bite sized biscuits.
- If you don’t like the taste of aniseed at all then feel free to play jazz. You never know you might come up with the best Pizzelle recipe ever! Chocolate, fruit extracts, vanilla and cinnamon are all worthy alternatives that are worth a try.
- You want your Pizzelle to have an ever so slight bend before they break. The best way to avoid them from becoming brittle is to avoid overcooking them. You want them to be a light honey color, no darker.
- If you are making these at Christmas there is a fair chance that you are going to be busy. If you need to plan your time this Pizzelle cookie recipe can be made in advance. Just make the dough and ensure it is stored in an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for around 3 days. Just make sure you give it a while to get back up to temperature if you go for this option.
Easier than you thought? We’ll be honest, it isn’t difficult to make our authentic pizzelle recipe. You might need a little patience, and if the first couple aren’t quite right, well, consider them a little reward for you to snack on whilst you make the rest. Enjoy this pizzelle cookies recipe at home.
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