Pizzelle remind me of family and of the holidays. Over two years ago my dad found a Pizzelle iron at an estate sale and gifted it to me with the mandate that I make pizzelle every christmas until the end of time (I kid, I kid). This was the first Christmas since he gave it to me that I was actually able to get it out of storage and create delicious cookies.
Its said that most pizzelle makers were handed down through the generations and branded the pizzella with the family crest. Ours isn’t quite that awesome, but it made some really great pizzelle.
You can eat them on their own, they are usually on the crunchier side, and they are flavored with anise, vanilla, or lemon zest. I’ve also seen recipes for chocolate and mint chocolate ones…which I will most certainly have to try. The batter is very easy to make, its base is created with flour, eggs, sugar, and vegetable oil. I found a basic recipe and added my own flare: anise, vanilla, and honey. I’m pretty sure once you get the basic batter done you could add whatever you like. They’re similar to making waffle cones, somewhat pliable when they first come off the iron. I rolled them over the handle of my pizza cutter and made cannoli shells (which we ate on Christmas eve).
They are also quite delicious served with chocolate gelato, strawberry reduction sauce, and fresh blackberries. YUM!