although i was determined to get it right, i wasn't sure where i could find the tips and tricks i would need. no one in the italian side of the family made these, at least i do not recall anyone ever making them. they were never part of any family celebration around easter or christmas, the traditional holidays they are served. at a bit of a loss, i told my husband about my complete failure with the first batch. he looked at me and asked "did you look for a video on you tube? you need to watch someone who knows how to make them?" damn, i hate it when he is right...
there we were, 8am on a sunday morning, sipping our coffee and watching pizzelle videos...there aren't that many good ones to watch. in most of them, an electric counter top maker was used. my iron is a stove top iron and i needed some help! we found a little encouragement by watching this video, i suggest you watch it without the sound once the music starts, it is annoying at best. however, they were using a cast iron/aluminum mold and i finally got to see a little of what i needed to know to be able to use it.
it wasn't until i went to fante's website that i actually learned all i needed to know about making a pizzelle. fante's is a business in the philadelphia area that specializes in cookware and apparently, italian cookware is a large part of what they sell. as i scrolled through the website reading all i could, i saw a link to an external site. it seemed a bit odd that they would have the link right smack in the middle of the page. even odder was that it went to a woman's blog, a woman with a non-italian name, i clicked anyway out of curiosity. it was here on leslie mann land's website that i finally found out how to make a pizzelle using her exact recipe and instructions. sadly, leslie lost her battle with breast cancer in august but the website is still up and will be maintained as a reference tool, and a good one at that. to read about leslie, who was apparently a food writer and a former employee at chez panisse way back in the day, click on the links in the most recent post, it contains additional links to several obituaries.
anise seeds are a traditional favorite and you will find them in many italian cookie recipes.
finally! okay, that is a little weird, singing and dancing about a pizzelle iron but i did!