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Antique cast iron pizzelle iron, maker of old-fashioned gourmet Italian waffle cookies. Vintage square baking press and Norwegian recipe.

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Antique pizzelle iron—before I came across this unusual square design, I already had a pizzelle maker which I use for special occasions and holidays, especially Christmas. They are delicious and very attractive! Heavy, large size is 24 x 6.375 x 1.25" closed—most pizzelle makers are round and smaller. This Easter was my first time to make waffle cookies with this iron. On my other pizzelle maker, I was used to making round ones where I add the batter in the center. With this square iron, perhaps I should have distributed the batter in the center of each square section to fill it completely. The nice thing about this pretty pattern is that they break easily into four separate pieces and would also look great served on the cookie plate that way. These are Italian origin and are popular throughout Europe. Great with wine, coffee and tea for dessert and breakfast.

My Mother’s Norwegian Vanilla Pizzelle Recipe (plus, chocolate variation):
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons vanilla
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/4 cups flour (or less)
Beat eggs, sugar, cooled melted butter and vanilla. Mix baking powder into flour, then add to the wet ingredients. For a chocolate variation, add 1/2 cup cocoa, an extra 1/2 cup sugar and extra 1/2 tsp. baking powder to the flower. I spray the iron lightly, before the first cookie is made, but it is not necessary each time. Heat the iron on both sides before spooning in the batter/dough. It only takes a few seconds on each side until browned. Cool on rack. Stack.

More information I found on Wikipedia:
Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of preparation. Pizzelle were originally made in Ortona, in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy.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.

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Antique cast iron pizzelle iron, maker of old-fashioned gourmet Italian waffle cookies. Vintage square baking press and Norwegian recipe.

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  • Vintage Supply from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: iron, cast iron, freshretrogallery gift tag, metal, heavy metal, iron handles, handles, square
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