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Emergency stroopwafel made with a pizzelle iron

This morning when I realized that my stash of honey wafers was down to a single package, I went in a mild panic because these have been my afternoon ‘comfort’ food along with some tea. I love Verival’s honey version as it’s not as sweet as the butter and sugar syrup-filled ones (although I like those too), but I thought it would be a good idea to have a recipe on hand as backup.

I adapted a wafer recipe from a youtube video to suit my needs and my measuring cups. For the filling, I simply used honey and spread the desired amount. They won’t win any prizes in the beauty department, but my round pizzelle iron gets another use and I won’t need to worry the next time my stroopwafel stash runs out.

Recipe:
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1/8 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 stick (4 oz.) butter, melted and cooled
1 small egg, beaten

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Place dough back into bowl and let rest, covered, in a warm place for 30 minutes.

After dough has rested, divide into 10 equal portions and roll into balls. Cook each ball in a pre-heated pizzelle iron, about 30-35 seconds each side, until golden brown. Trim (using a knife or large round cookie cutter) and split each wafer as soon as they’re cool enough to handle; fill and spread with honey of your choice. Store in an airtight container.

The video that inspired all this is in German and uses metric measurements. I selected a snippet of the clip that shows a truly elegant-looking wafer maker, something that I’d love to have in my collection of gadgets if my kitchen ever gets bigger.

It’s a good day for a hanging

Make that every day with the way the weather has been these past few weeks. Even though the nights are rather cool, during waking hours it feels like early summer – perfect conditions for grilling and dining al fresco. Ever since the Slow Food Cheese event last month, caciocavallo impiccato (hanging cheese at the Molise food truck) has been on my mind and that’s what got me started on our own ‘cheese dangling’ experiment.

At the supermarket you can buy quartered caciocavallo which is just the amount we needed. At first I attached the cheese to a bamboo pole but quickly abandoned that idea as it wasn’t too practical. The Moth then set up his work ladder and with a few minor adjustments, the cheese could hang on its own. That left us free to grill the rest of the food and start into the wine.

I’ve discovered a kit for hosting your own caciocavallo party at home. You have to watch it (adds real meaning to the phrase “hanging around”), but I think the best way to enjoy this is at an Italian sagra like the one below. Look at those babies swing!