Pizzelle (Ferratelle)

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Time 40 Minutes
  • 450g 00 flour – see note in step 2
  • 4 eggs
  • 150g sugar
  • 3.5 tablespoons (70ml) sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian baking powder, such as Lievito Bertolini
  • Zest of 1 lemon (alternatively, use 1 1/2 teaspoons whole aniseed seeds) – see note in step 2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Non-stick spray oil for greasing pizzelle maker, such as canola (alternatively use butter)
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar (confectioners' sugar) or Nutella, to serve

Requires: Pizzelle maker. If you don’t already own one, you can buy an authentic iron from Amazon - see Essential Equipment below.

How to Make It
Step 1

Preheat Pizzelle maker. Lightly spray the Pizzelle maker plates with non-stick spray such as canola (alternatively use butter however spray oil does a better job at greasing the iron).

Step 2

To make the Pizzelle mixture, place the flour into a mound on a clean work surface. Make a large well in the centre. Place the eggs, sugar, sesame oil, baking powder, lemon zest (or crushed aniseed seeds) and vanilla essence into the well. Use a fork in one hand to gently beat the eggs and other ingredients gradually flicking in flour from time to time while your other hand secures the walls of the well. When it becomes too hard to stir, use your hands to work in the remaining flour. Mix until smooth. The mixture should be thick (almost like gnocchi).

Note: 00 is a powder-fine Italian type of flour. It is made from soft wheat varieties and is frequently used in Italian desserts and pastas. 00 flour is available in most supermarkets, Italian food stores and gourmet delicatessens. Finely crushed aniseed seeds provide a more savoury flavour.

Step 3

Carefully place about 1 tablespoon of the Pizzelle mixture onto each of the hot Pizzelle maker plates. Close the lid and cook for 50-60 seconds or until crisp and golden. Use a small spatula to remove the cooked Pizzelle, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat using the remaining Pizzelle mixture. If the Pizzelle start to stick, spray with extra non-stick spray oil in between cooking.

Note: If you have inherited an old stove top Pizzelle maker (‘Lu Ferre’ in Italian), cook the Pizzelle for 20 seconds on one side. Turn the iron and cook for 17 seconds on the other side.

Step 4

Serve Pizzelle with sifted icing sugar on top or the ultimate topping which is none other than Nutella – buon appetito!

Note: Pizzelle are also known as Ferratelle, Cancellate and Nevole. The quantity of Pizzelle for this recipe is based on the use of a 18 x 10cm Pizzelle iron so the amount may vary.

Essential Equipment

Read our blog post Pizzelle makers: Which one to buy in 2020.

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