Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pizzelle Tradition ( The Pizzelle Maker )

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It is generally believed that pizzelles were originated in a middle region of Italy in ancient times to mark an annual celebration. Initially baked over an open fire with relatively simple but effective irons, the early pizzelles often were proudly embossed with the family crest or some hint of the village of origin.

Over time it became tradition to use pizzelles to celebrate any holiday or festive occasion, but inevitably there were pizzelles for everyone at Christmas and Easter. The modern patterns found on these delicious waffle cookies most commonly are floral on one side and a woven basket-like pattern on the other.

The recent increased popularity of pizzelles is the result of greater recognition of their delicious versatility. For example, pizzelles, when still hot, can be formed into cylinders, cones and mini-baskets that can hold a wide variety of delicious fillings for festive occasions. The range of taste experiences that can be created with fillings of formed pizzelles is virtually endless.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

More About Pizzelle ( The Pizzelle Maker )

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Many other cultures have developed a pizzelle-type cookie as part of their culture. 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.

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.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What is Pizzelle ( The Pizzelle Maker )

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According to, pizzelle are traditional Italian waffle cookies as shown by above photo. It looks really tasty. Main ingredient to make pizzelle are ;

  • flours
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • butter
  • vegetable oil
  • flavouring (often vanilla, lemon zest)
Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewwy depending on ingredient and method of preparation.

Pizzelle were originally made in Aburozzo region of south central Italy. The names come from the Italian word for 'round' and 'flat'. This is also the meaning of the word pizza. Pizzelle are popular during Christmas and Easter. hey are often found at Italian weddings, alongside other traditional pastries such as cannolli and traditional Italian cookies.

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