Today is Good Friday. Being catholic, this means no meat. So far I’ve managed to eat no meat. I also have managed to have a diet today which includes granola for breakfast, a cafe latte and Panettone for lunch with my Nonna, and a snack of Pizzelles, of course. Perhaps I should throw a few veggies in there somewhere..
Anyways, Pizzelles have a long history for me. Ever since I could remember each and every Christmas Eve, again a meatless day for Catholics in which we feast on Seafood, (and I mean feast) I would look forward to eating about 20 Pizzelles while I waited for dinner to be served. My Nonna made them without fail each year and I always thought they were a magical cookies. They are so flat and delicate, with a beautiful imprint on both sides. I had never made them myself before, because you see, you need a special Pizzelle maker to produce them.
As I was having coffee and Panettone with her today, I asked if I could borrow it so I could make this intricate cookie for Easter this weekend. We had been reminiscing about how when she was my age (21) she would had just had my dad. They lived in Italy at the time, and immigrated to Canada when my father was 1. He turned 2 a day after they arrived in Vancouver. I’m sure he would have eaten these by the pile-full as well. She had told me that she never actually had one until now herself, as she and her friend would make them together, and she would borrow her friends maker when she wanted. She just got one for herself, as they were quite expensive before and so I was lucky enough to be able to borrow it for the day. This is my first time ever making them, It seems funny now that I am older that I’m able to do things like this, as I always thought it was so exciting when my Nonna made them, and now I’m the one able to make them. Perhaps I’ll have to get her opinion, just to make sure they’re as authentic as hers.
These little lace cookies are delicious on their own, but you can also use them to make waffles cones, or tubes for Cannoli’s. To do this you need to bend them as soon as they are off the press, as they begin to harden up quite quickly. Alternatively, you can also add cocoa to them to make chocolate ones. But, I say why mess with the original. I’ve also seen them used as the cookies for ice cream sandwiches.
However you choose to make it, I suggest you try them if you have not already. It is difficult to make without a proper press, sorry to say, but if you happen to have one or are able to borrow one I highly recommend it. It takes little effort, and makes large batches.
I hope you all enjoy the long Easter weekend. For now, I’m finding refuge indoors for the day as the high winds and rain have kept us inside all day. A certain little furry friend is not so keen on walking in the storm.
Nonna’s Southern Italian Style Pizzelles
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups sugar (500 ml)
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled (250 ml)
- 2 tsp. Vanilla (10 ml)
- 7 cups Flour (1.75 ml)
- 4 tbs. baking powder (20 ml)
- Beat eggs and sugar.
- Add cooled butter, and vanilla extract.
- Sift flour and baking powder and add to the egg mixture.
- The batter will have dough like consistency.
- 1 inch round balls can be formed, if it is stiff enough.
- Place dough onto middle of the grids, using a tablespoon if yours is a little more batter like, or place by hand 1 inch dough balls.
- Press down the lid of the Pizzelle Press and wait a minute or two. You can check it to see if it is slightly browned, you don’t want it to be too dark. Once they are finished cooking, gently lift off to cool with a fork.
Makes about 60 Pizzelles.
Today is monday. And, I’m already tired! I went over to the island again on Saturday just for the night, as my friend who lives there had no power! And, since I had nothing better to do, I (being the excellent friend I am) decided to go over to the island so we could go see a movie, and she wouldn’t be alone in the dark! And of course, we saw Julie&Julia! What a good movie!! I loved it. It’s a movie, based on a book, based on a blog, based on another book. Got it? Good. So the movie’s based on Julia Child, who inspired Julie Powell to cook her way through Julia’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blog about it, and then the blog turned into a novel, which is now a movie! And it’s hilarious, not only is it about cooking and baking but the story is quite cute. I suggest all bloggers and cooks and bakers go see it! We were laughing so hard I almost cried! You’ll know when you see it. And now I have a huge craving to make beef bourguignon. Again, you’ll see.
Then last night we went to the Kings of Leon Concert in Vancouver! It was really really good. So I got home late, and went to work. And work tomorrow…. and then… I’m off to Vegas!! So excited. I turned 21 in June so I can finally go to Fabulous Las Vegas! I’m really excited and I’ll try and find some of the sweet cupcake shops i’ve heard so much about. For now, Tarts.
Last October I purchased about 1000 tart shells from Costco. And only now have I used them all up. Yup, 10 months. Needless to say I’ve made so many types of tarts and mini-quiches I’m happy to see them go. Although It did come in handy having so many at my disposal whenever I needed them. They come in useful when you need to whip up a quick dessert, or have pie filling left over. Or, when your mom tells you she wants something “sweet” after dinner. My dad would always tell my mom when she went grocery shopping to buy “something sweet.” I think I got my sweet tooth from him. In fact, I think all of my teeth are sweet tooths. It usually meant my mom would pick up some ice cream, or brownies or a cake if it were on sale. Yup, I definitely got it from my dad. Thanks dad.
So over the last couple weeks I’ve used the last of the tart shells up. I used the leftover filling in the Tarte Au Citron to make mini lemon tarts, and made quick mini-apple pie tarts after dinner one night, and the other day when my mom asked for something sweet, I whipped up some mini-chocolate cream pie’s.
So here’s a few recipes you can make if you’ve got as many tart shells as I have. Have fun!
Mini Apple Pie Tarts A La Mode – Recipe by Bakeaholic
Recipe for 12 mini tarts.
- 3-4 Apples, Cored and Diced into small pieces
- 1 1/2 tbsp. Corn Syrup
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- Brown Sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Place tart shells on a baking sheet.
- Mix together in a large bowl the apples, corn-syrup and lime juice.
- Sprinkle with Cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg and brown sugar.
- Spoon into tart shells til just full. Bake for about 15 minutes, until tart shells are lightly browned and the filling looks carmalized.
- Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.
Little Lemon Tarts
Made with the filling from my Tarte Au Citron recipe.
Prepare filling as directed, and fill tart shell’s 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until center looks sugary and set. Allow to cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.
Serve with whipped cream.
I dunno about you, but whenever I bake something I have this same order I do things. First, get out all the ingredients. Second, read the directions, and get all the ingredients I forgot in previous step, & prepare the recipe. Then, while the recipe is chilling or baking I always go and write my blog post. I find this is the best time to do it, while you can smell the delicious thing you are baking in the oven! And when they take up to 30 or 40 minutes to bake you have some time on your hands. Today I had a long time between prep and chilling and baking time to write this post.
I had been craving a Lemon tart for some reason, and It’s probably because we’re in the middle of summer and a lemon tart just seems so refreshing and summery to me! I remember when my mom and I would go visit my grandma we would always take her out to lunch, usually chinese food, and afterwards we would get something sweet for dessert. Now my grandma was a diabetic so she really couldn’t, or shouldn’t, have been eating too many sweets. But whenever my mom (her favorite of 6 children as my mom always joked) visited her, she would spoil her and get her a little lemon tart from the IGA (grocery store.) She loved lemon tarts! When she was younger my grandma always made preserves and always canned things. She made the best canned fruits and my mom said she loved her bread pudding (something on my list of To-Do’s!) So in memory of my Grandma today I baked a Lemon tart. I’m sure she would have loved a slice! (more…)