Thursday, July 12, 2012
The dough itself isn't super sweet, it's still delicious, just not super sweet. What makes these little guys amazing is the yummy, sugary coating around them. They completely melt in your mouth. So *bleep*ing amazing. Be careful, these are basically pure butter. So yum, but so not good for you... lol.
Okay, so the recipe I have I found on the Martha Stewart site. Yep, good ol' Martha Stewart. ;) Love her or hate her, she does have some yummy recipes. Bad ones, too, but this one is one of the good ones...
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
2 C all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt (I would probably omit if you used salted butter instead)
2 C sweetened flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream butter with 1/4 C powdered sugar until fluffy. Mix in flour and salt until just combined. Stir in coconut.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls. (I measured them at 1 tablespoon each). Place on baking sheet. Bake until just starting to brown, 15-20 minutes. (Don't over bake)
Roll in remaining powdered sugar, while still hot/warm. (This is what gives them that yummy coating. the sugar will melt a bit and stick to the cookies. So yum!)
Let cool completely, unless you're like me and just have to eat one. Just know they're messier eaten warm. :P
Sunday, July 8, 2012
These yummy little things were originally made in the 1700's in the Netherlands. They basically translate as "syrup waffles". They're a bread type waffle with a caramel like cinnamon filling inside. YUM! I was supposed to cut them into perfect circles, but I just couldn't bring myself to waste any of their yumminess. lol. Traditionally, or so I've read, these are served over your morning cup of coffee or tea, to warm them up a bit. Personally, I liked them better cold. :)
I first saw these in an Etsy shop, and just had to find out how to make them. Eventually, I bought a pizelle iron, since you have to have a way to make extremely thin waffles. I purchased the iron MONTHS ago, and have been extremely frightened of making these -- the reason being, I hate to admit, is that I seriously SUCK at candy making, and these have a candy filling that has to be made. I've been so worried that I'd go through all of the work of making the waffles just to ruin it with a bad filling. After worrying, I decided for my first time making them I would be safer to just buy caramels, so that's what I did. Yes! I admit it! I did not entirely make the filling!! *sigh* I did add a few ingredients while melting the caramels, though. They still turned out delicious, even if they weren't 100% authentic. Now that I kind of have a "feel" for the whole stroopwafel making process, I'll attempt the real filling next time. ;)
I actually found the recipe online. There are many recipes out there, but this one had good reviews so I went with it.
For the Waffles:
4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 C sugar
1 C unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 package (or 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1/2 C warm water
To make waffles:
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Cut butter into the flour. Add the sugar, cinnamon, eggs, and yeast mixture. Mix well and set aside to rise for 30 to 60 minutes. (Mine did NOT rise.)
For the filling:
1 1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 C unsalted butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp dark corn syrup
To make filling (this is the sauce I did NOT want to make, so I didn't. Recipe for what I made follows.)
In a saucepan, boil all of the ingredients until it reaches the soft ball stage (234-240F), stirring constantly.
For the filling *I* made!:
1 package caramel cubes, unwrapped
1/4 C cream (total guess on measurement, I just poured some in)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Melt together in a saucepan. :) Easy peasy!
Preheat pizzelle iron.
Roll dough into 12 small balls. (They were too big for my pizzelle press, and just squeezed out the sides. I ended up making 24 instead.)
Squeeze each ball into the press and bake for about 30 seconds. (I went between 20 and 25.)
Slice the waffles into two thin waffles and spread with filling. (HOT HOT HOT!!! I used a paper towel to hold the waffles while I sliced them.)
Spread with filling to "glue" slices back together.
From start to finish, this took me nearly two hours. Yeah, really... This would be much easier with a partner. One person to cook and slice the waffles, another to spread filling.
The recipe sounds much more difficult than it really is, especially if you cheat on the filling. haha. Despite the screaming and swearing coming from the kitchen, I really did enjoy making them.
The next recipe I want to attempt with my pizzelle press would be...
Cannoli!!! YUM!! It's no wonder I have such a "curvy" figure... ;)