When the sweet aroma of Brätzeli fills the house, it is a clear sign that Christmas is near. Known as Brätzeli in Switzerland, Cialde in Italy and Pizzelle in the US, these thin wafer like cookies are a definite reminder of memorable festivities as families come together to celebrate. With just a few basic ingredients these thin, crunchy, delicious wafers will certainly become a loved tradition in any home. Simply dip them in chocolate and nuts to bring them to an elegant new level. Let's get started!
Place softened butter in a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy.
Slowly add the sugar to the butter while continuing to mix.
Once the sugar is incorporated, begin adding one egg at a time. Continue mixing.
Add the salt and the lemon zest to the batter and switch to the paddle attachment. Incorporate all ingredients.
Alternate adding some of the flour as well as the milk.
Continue doing this until all the flour, milk and cream have all been incorporated, as shown in the video.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for at least 2 hours, or in the refrigerator overnight. If refrigerated make sure to mix again.
While the batter is resting, toast the pecans in the preheated oven. The oven temperature should be at 350°F - 176°C. Place the pecans on a baking sheet, and set in the oven. Allow the oils of the nuts to be released, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they do not burn. Once toasted, remove from the oven and crush in a handheld food processor.
Once the batter has been able to rest, preheat the Brätzeli iron.
With an ice-cream scoop, spoon the batter onto the hot surface. Close the lid as steam will billow out from the sides. When the large amount of steam is no longer visible, open the lid and remove the cookie with a fork.
Place the hot cookie on a cooling rack. For additional shapes, form the wafers into a cone, or simply roll them as soon as they are removed from the hot iron, as shown in the video.
To bring the Brätzeli to a whole new level, melt the chocolate in a double boiler, aBagnomaria. Once melted, dip the end of the wafers in the chocolate and then immediately in the crushed, toasted pecans. Ice cream can be served in the cones as well as whipped cream.
Make sure to store the cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!