This is ridiculously delicious and incredibly impressive. What if I said it was ridiculously simple too?
If you’ve followed me along in my food journey, you know very well that I love to create fancy food with a twist. Also, I’m not very picky. I like simple food that has a punch and is pleasing to the eye. I can’t ice cakes, and I can’t decorate fancy cookies. Still, I do love pretty things.
Happy November!!! Happy Fall!
Fall is absolutely my favorite season, for its beautiful rich dense colors and the chill in the air. While summer has its own glory, this time of the year brings out the warmth, coziness, and hospitality in all of us. The plethora of colors we see when we go for a walk is unmatched, although living in the Bay, the fall colors are not easily seen.
Weekend comes and I always almost have waffles, muffins or pancakes. The thought that comes when I make these is that, they would come handy on the weekdays too. Guess what, I make 10 or 30, they are gone by Sunday evening.
I wonder how the days were when there was no puff pastry in the freezer.
Making a puff pastry is an art, an art of being patient. The dough is breathtakingly soft and pliable. There is an aura of romantacism while you handle the dough and roll carefully, quarter turns and striping/dotting The ingredients are just a few, but so many small details go into making the dough. I had little clue until then about the process, and how amazingly flaky, pure buttery it would be. The first bite I took after we baked one batch just blew my socks off. I instinctively remember closing my eyes and tasting the butter, the flakiness and the gazillion layers so thin and crispy. The effort paid off.
In the words of my teen…….
It was a dark winter night. There was rain dripping outside, but it was only a pitter-patter. The night was tranquil, and in my room, I felt sluggish. In this mood, I pondered over the question I was asked time and time again. “What do you want for Christmas? Tell me.”
At first I was so irked by that question. But then, thinking about it, I realized I was being unfair. It was a sweet, endearing question that I had rebuffed every single time. On my bed, about to sleep, I thought about that question. A few weeks ago, he had won a $100 Amazon gift card after winning a cricket championship, and without question was spending it on Christmas presents for the family. Without regret, he kept smiling and asking me what I wanted for Christmas.
I sat up and was really in awe. We admonished him for not keeping a secret and even not to bother us much. It was such a selfless thing for someone to do, and after all, he is only 10 years old. Of course, we will love the gifts, but none of us will ever forget the thought and selflessness of this little boy, our baby bear. I’m so proud of my little brother – we all are – who truly has the spirit of giving, the spirit of the holidays within him.
Happy Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Pizzelles - Brown Butter - Almond Pizzelles
- 4 egg whites at room temperature
- ⅔ cup coconut sugar or plain white granulated sugar
- 3-4 drops almond extract(optional)
- ⅓ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup almond flour
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp browned butter or melted butter
- Few tbsp of melted butter
- Preheat the pizzelle maker.
- In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites with sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract and salt. Whip for a minute until lightly frothy.
- Add the almond and all purpose flour and the melted butter and mix everything until well combined.
- Brush the pizzelle maker with some butter and pour a tbsp of the batter and cover, cook for 3 minutes.
- Take it out and put it on a cooling rack. It gets crispier very quick, so if you plan to make a cone, make it immediately before pouring the next batch.
- You can store these in an air tight container and stays for long.
You can make these gluten free by substituting the all purpose flour with coconut flour, buckwheat flour or oat flour. You will be compromising a bit on the taste but not a lot.
Here you can even substitute the butter with coconut oil or vegetable oil. Again the butter is a great flavor inducer.
You can add coconut flakes, chocolate chips, powdered spices, grated orangerind and lemon for the extra flavoring.
Once cool, pack in airtight containers and they stay good for a while.
TIPS TO MAKE A PERFECT PIZZELLE:
Make sure to brush some melted butter on both sides of the griddle before pouring the batter.
Do not pour a lot or a little. A tablespoon is good.
Let the pizzelle heat up and turn to green light before you add another batch of batter. That way it will cook well.
After it cooks, always put it on a cooling rack so that it crisps up.
How is your Prep coming along? Big plans for New Years Eve? Wow it’s almost 2016!!
I am overcome with gratitude and filled with happiness for the support you have shown me over the years. I’ve always loved hearing from you and learning about you. I’m always excited to share a small piece of our lives. Thank you all for reading, and your never-ending kindness and responses.
Thank you. Love and Hugs.
Sometimes, you have such a great idea that you think you’ve almost won a lottery with it. A few days ago, I had an idea….
Sitting on my dining table, with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and typing in the other. I typed in ‘snowflake cutters’, and there it was at William-Sonoma website. I added it to the bag, quickly forgetting about it, as I had lots to do that day. After a couple of days, I was watching my favorite Vlog on YouTube, when I saw an ad of those same snowflake cutters staring at me. It’s funny how the advertising agencies can monitor all your Internet activities. And, of course, it’s showing me the thing that I wanted to buy. Weird. I finally went ahead and ordered and waited for it for 4 whole days. They came on a Thursday, so pretty and screaming at me to use them soon. My idea: making Lintzer cookies with the snowflake cutter. The bottom cookie would be a round plain one and the top would be this gorgeous snowflake like cookie dusted with powdered sugar and jam peaking through the tiny little cutouts. They looked perfect in my mind. I didn’t see anything like that on Pinterest or anywhere. They definitely are going to be stunning. Oh well, I thought it would be stunning.
For a few minutes, delve into the past with me. Come with me into the 3rd grade classroom…
There she was, with a bright beautiful smile, blueish green eyes and the warmest personality I had seen. Modestly dressed and with no trace of makeup, she was a new teacher for this school. Instantly, I took a deep breath and knew this year would be a great one for my soft, gentle, and timid son. She got down to his level, welcomed him and gave him a hug. I watched everything standing outside the door. He looked back at me and gave me a smile. That was when I knew he will be alright. She came towards us with an inviting smile on her face. She introduced herself and told me, “Don’t worry, go have some coffee. He is safe with me.” With tears, I turned back to walk towards the car. Tears of happiness that my boy was well taken care of.
Christmas is just around the corner. It will come by, before we know it and will pass by in a blur. The journey during December is a beautiful one.
Amidst all these you guys, it’s been a tough last 4 weeks for a place very dear to my hubby and a lot of people who belong to Chennai.
I met my husband in Chennai Airport for the first time. A memorable moment that I will never forget. What Chennai and the 6 million people in it won’t forget is, what they saw and experienced in the last few weeks.
Happy December my friends!!!
We are less than 4 weeks away from 2016. Really, how did that happen?!! I don’t know if we say this every year, but for some reason this year seems to have flown by a little bit too quickly.
Lets raise our glasses to cheer a good year. I am sure we all have had our good days and not-so-good ones, we all went through that and we are here. Glad for that.
There’s something about the cooler weather, twinkling stars as early at 6.00 p.m., and all the festive pumpkins and persimmons in the grocery store. Everything screams of holidays, parties and food. Everyone gets in the mood of perfecting their pies, the sides and their birds.
The appetizers are some of the last to be remembered. Don’t you think?
I have a great one for you. Just make a lot of it and have some bottles of chutney ready to go for your guests, they’ll want it.
Ka’ak. If you have not heard of them, it’s fine, I did not either until my neighbor dropped off some of them to me. It is a crunchy, bold-flavored wreath-like cookies. I have no reference or any sentimentality towards the cookies, but I must say they have become a favorite of mine since. It’s one of those cookies that has a very grown up taste to it. It looks and tastes very outside the box, sort of savory-ish (if that’s a word). After a bit of pestering and almost stalking her, I managed to get the recipe out of her. On a side note, if you want to protect a family recipe, do not make them for me:).