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.
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.
Coming down in the wee hours to a cold room, still not able to open your eyes is something I do look forward to. Smelling coffee beans and brewing a cup of hot coffee hot coffee is refreshing. My neighbor aunt calls to say that there’s a package outside, and that I should pick it up before I leave to pick up the boys. It’s so sweet. A friend just stops by to drop a big bowl of fresh fruits from her garden. Now that can’t be beaten.
The small things make a huge difference. An unexpected action is just a reminder that sometimes the small things do matter.
Cooking is like that right? The small things make a huge difference.
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:).
Every Christmas was very special as a kid. Dad made it quite memorable for me. It was the festive season, and he made sure it was remembered fondly.
There is a bakery in Bangalore(India), a very famous one, NILGIRIS. They had/have a Christmas Cake Show which showcases beautiful pieces of art which were huge: the TAJ MAHAL, Titanic, Barbie dolls, castles, chariots, sports players,completely made of cake. The cake artists took weeks to mold and remold. There were rows and rows of exhibits. Kids gaped at those wonders and almost wanted to touch it.
All last weekend I craved for cookies, not any cookie but a cookie which was different. As far as my cookie craving went, it had to have figs(I had em’ sitting in my pantry for days staring at me), had to have hazelnut spread and should be great to pack as a gift.
I’ve wanted to make these for months now. The time was right, I had a few hours to myself, the first box of cookies that I made to give friends are here.
Teen(running down, composed, soft yet strong tone)-“Mom, he tore the cover of my favorite book.”
8 yr old(following the teen, high pitched and talking fast)- “Mom it was an accident!”
Me(cooking in the kitchen, I want to be left alone. In a slow tone)- “Tell me, what do you want me to do?”
Teen(still composed)- “Give him a thinking time.”
Me(sighing)..”I just want to get my dinner ready, and I’ll deal with this later”.
Teen(disappointed and irritated)- “Not fair mom…” and goes away.
Festivals are fun. Festivals in India are very colorful. Whats your favorite festival/holiday?
It’s one of those festive weeks for Indians. It’s called Ganesh Pooja. The festival of THE ELEPHANT GOD.
Throughout India, people celebrate this festival. It’s colorful, bright, with people singing,chanting, music screaming everywhere, it’s a beautiful atmosphere.
Kids dress up in their new clothes, visit family and friends. It’s a time when people unite in streets to decorate and it’s a big grand affair.
I am not Vegan.
I eat gluten in some form every day.
Healthy food habits…not all the time.
We do go sometimes Vegan for a week, just to see how it feels. Being a South Indian, rice is a huge part of our daily meals, we naturally follow a gluten free diet to a certain extent.
Now about eating and following a healthy lifestyle, wish I was more consistent with it. We eat quite healthy, actually very healthy, but after a good healthy meal, we go out for Gelato:). My new favorite flavor FicoPistachio, oh yum.
OK, I don’t eat ice cream everyday, but I need a sweet something after dinner time. Do you crave a dessert after your dinner?