Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pizzelles: "peat sell ease".

My husband and I have been wanting to try a new recipe from Food Network star, Giada de Laurentiis. The recipe you my ask? Cinnamon & Chocolate Pizzelles.

If you aren't Italian you may be asking, what in the world are pizzelles? Here is the definition from wikipedia.

"Pizzelle (pronounced with ts sound, like "pizza") (singular pizzella) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (often vanilla, anise, or lemon zest). Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of preparation."

"Pizzelle were originally made in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy. The name comes from the Italian word for "round" and "flat" (pizze); this is also the meaning of the word pizza. Many other cultures have developed a pizzelle-type cookie as part of their culture (for example, the Norwegian Krumkake). It is known to be one of the oldest cookies, and is believed to have developed from the ancient Roman crustulum. Pizzelle are known as ferratelle in the Lazio region of Italy. In Molise they may be called ferratelle, cancelle, or pizzelle."

The cookie dough or batter is put into a pizzelle iron, which resembles a waffle iron. The pizzelle iron is held by hand over a hot burner on the stovetop, although some models are electric and require no stove. Typically, the iron stamps a snowflake pattern onto both sides of the thin golden-brown cookie, which has a crisp texture once it is cooled. There are also several brands of ready-made pizzelle available in stores.

Pizzelle are popular during Christmas and Easter. They are often found at Italian weddings, alongside other traditional pastries such as cannoli and traditional Italian cookies.

It is also common for two pizzelle to be sandwiched with cannoli cream (ricotta blended with sugar) or hazelnut spread. Pizzelle, while still warm, can also be rolled using a wooden dowel to create cannoli shells.

Also, if you would like to make Pizzelles you need the special iron. You can find that here or here.
So, now that you know what pizzelles are...I will share a new recipe for them that my husband and I tried last night instead of the traditional vanilla or almond flavors.

Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Pizzelles

2/3 cup sugar

4 large egg whites, at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted, plus extra for greasing the pizzelle iron

2/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat the pizzelle iron to medium-high heat.

Whisk the sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until frothy. Whisk in the butter, flour, and cinnamon until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Brush the pizzelle cooking surfaces with melted butter. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter in the center of the pizzelle iron. Close the iron and cook until deep golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer the pizzelles to a cooling rack. Cool completely. Store the pizzelles airtight at room temperature.

Chef's Note: The batter can also be cooked in a preheated and lightly oiled waffle iron. Pour 1/2 cupfuls of batter into the waffle iron and cook for about 3 minutes. **I recommend 1 minute and 15 seconds, otherwise it burns**

Mmmm! Yummo!


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