Fortune Cookie Wäffelcher from ‘Anne’s Kitchen’ for the New Year

By Anne Faber

I think many Luxembourgers have fond memories of making Wäffelcher at their grandparents’. These thin, buttery wafers are baked individually in a round waffle maker and wrapped around the handle of a wooden spoon while still hot, so that they get a cone shape. While I was rolling Wäffelcher for this book, I suddenly thought it would be really fun to fold them into fortune cookies instead and hide messages inside!

I also jazzed up the traditional recipe by adding black sesame seeds to the batter – the inspiration for this comes from a trip to Thailand, where I once ate thin coconut-flavored wafers specked with black sesame seeds and rolled up just like in Luxembourg. My favorite treat from Luxembourg with an Asian twist!

Casale Blue

Makes 25 • Prep 45’ • Resting 30’ • A little effort

  • 2 eggs
  • 85g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 85g butter, melted + extra for greasing
  • 85g flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp black sesame seeds (optional)
  • 25 paper messages, to stick into the cookies

 

  1. Put the eggs into a bowl and whisk together with the sugar and vanilla sugar. Add the melted butter, whisk again, then add the flour, salt and sesame seeds and beat to a smooth batter.
  2. Set aside to rest at room temperature for
30 minutes. This will make the batter less runny.
  3. After 30 minutes, switch on a round waffle iron. Butter the iron, then pour a heaped teaspoon of batter into the center. Close and bake the wafer until golden (every waffle maker is different, it can take between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, just open it from time to time to peek inside).
  4. Now you need to work quickly: remove the wafer with a spatula, and put onto a wire rack. Place a fortune in the center of the wafer. Quickly fold the wafer in half, then fold the two edges towards each other so that you get a crescent shape. This needs to be done really fast because the wafer will harden and become brittle within seconds.
  5. Place the folded fortune cookie into a muffin tin so it hold its shape as it cools. Leave to cool completely, then store in a tin for up to a week.

 

TIPS

  • The diameter of a traditional Wäffelchen is about 15cm. As these are fortune cookie wafers, you’ll want the wafer to be on the small side. The diameter I aim for is about 12cm, as the wafers are easier to fold when they’re small.
  • It’s very likely that you’ll burn your fingers while shaping the fortune cookies… My solution is to wrap both my thumbs and index fingers in foil so I can’t feel the heat. It may look very odd, but it is a very handy trick indeed!
  • You can find plenty of printable fortune cookie messages online.
  • Black sesame seeds are available in Asian supermarkets. They are a bit crunchier than white sesame seeds, but their taste is very similar. You can of course use white sesame seeds in this recipe.

Recipe from the book “Home Sweet Home – My Luxembourg”, Editions Schortgen (http://anneskitchen.co.uk/the-book-3/)

 

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Homemade Pasta Recipe

Artesano Provencal Lavender

The nights are getting longer, school is back in session and there is a crisp feel in the air. While some may mourn the end of summer, we feel it is a time to rejoice. As everyone’s schedule becomes regular again, it is time to enjoy the return of family dinners.

When we think of large family meals, we always turn to Italian cuisine for inspiration. A glass of wine, bread, cheese and antipasti are always a welcomed start to any meal. As for the main course, we always opt for a dinner that will be filling as well as completely satisfying. What better dish for this task than a pasta creation?

Pasta is a versatile option that can be prepared to any taste. Topping with garlic, olive oil, shrimp and scallops on those warmer fall days is a delicious treat. A hearty alfredo sauce with grilled chicken is the perfect comfort food. Or, for more traditional feasts, you can never go wrong with red sauce and meatballs.

We are sure you have your favorite sauces perfected by now. But, have you ever thought of skipping the store-bought pasta and making your own? Venture in to new kitchen territory this fall and impress everyone at your next meal by making a delicious homemade pasta. Below is a simple recipe for tagliatelle that your entire family will simply adore.

Tagliatelle: Carmela’s Perfect Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Set aside a small fistful of flour and add the rest to a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a depression in the middle of the flour and add the egg, salt and olive oil. Carefully beat the egg and oil together with a fork. Then, slowly start bringing in flour from the edges to the middle to make the dough. As soon as the dough is firm enough, you can use your hands to work in the rest of the flour.
  • Knead for another 10 to 15 minutes until the dough is a smooth, elastic ball.
  • Roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is paper-thin. Sprinkle the counter with set aside flour as needed.
  • Allow to rest for a quarter of an hour then carefully roll the flattened dough up and cut into strips with a sharp knife. Unroll the little balls and lay flat on a dishcloth. Allow them to dry a bit before cooking. The pasta can also be prepared a day ahead.
  • Put noodles in salted, boiling water. Cook for just one-two minutes.

Serve in Villeroy & Boch Pasta Passion dishes for simple and stylish presentation.

Buon appetito!

 

 

Recipe taken from Pasta, Pizza, Passione!

 

 

 

A Midsummer’s Night Barbecue

A Midsummer’s Night Barbecue

 

Hosting a wonderful summertime barbecue that will be remembered for its fabulous style as much as its fun is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to true barbecue bliss.

 

1. Set the Scene

All barbecues do not need to be casual backyard get-togethers. Your summer BBQ can take on any life that you desire; simply create a specific ambiance for your event by selecting décor that will create the feel you want to convey. Set out pillows, lanterns and short tables to create a dreamy vibe. Set your table near a pool or body of water to craft a tropical feel. Decorate a garden with bird cages and lace for a vintage whimsical setting. You can create any feeling- whether whimsical, exotic or otherwise- right in your own backyard with a carefully crafted setting.

outdoor settings

Collections Shown: Anmut, NewWave, Petite Fleur

 

2. Let the drinks flow

The mood you’ve created is taken to the next level when you pay special attention to the details. Soda, craft beers, white wine, sangria or tropical cocktails- whatever you will be serving, serve it stylishly! Fill an oversized flower vase with ice and drinks, and litter an eclectic mix of glassware around it for a playful event. Stack colored glasses and vintage bottles (filled with liquor and mixers, of course) into an antique wooden box for a rustic theme. And if romance is in the air, a champagne and wine bar is the way to go.

 

 

3. Serve fabulous food

The food, of course, makes the BBQ! Of course the normal hot dogs, hamburgers and steak would do. But this summer, serve something that your guests won’t soon be forgetting. To get you started, below is a recipe for four seriously unique and tasty BBQ skewers that you can really wow your friends with.

BBQ Passion Skewer

Collection Shown: BBQ Passion

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 veal cutlet
  • 3 slices of deli ham
  • 2 slices semi-mature gouda
  • 1 small bundle parsley
  • 1 tbsp red pepper seeds
  • 1 lime
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 breast and leg from a spring chicken
  • 1.8 ounces thin chorizo
  • Green paprika
  • 4 ounces saddle of lamb, cut into large cubes
  • 4 ounces pork loin, cut into large cubes
  • 3 marshmallows
  • Sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 tbsp roasted coffee beans
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander kernels
  • Juice of one lemon

 

Directions

1. Pound the veal cutlet thin, cover with the ham and cheese and roll up firmly into a roll. Finely chop the parsley and mix with the lightly pounded red pepper flakes. Coat the roll in the herb-pepper mixture and cut into 2 centimeter-thick slices. Place on a barbeque skewer.

2. Wash the lime and the cherry tomatoes and cut the lime into thick pieces. Separate the chicken leg at the joint and place on a barbeque skewer in alternation with the chicken breast and the tomato and lime pieces. Cut the chorizo into thick slices and divide the washed paprika into large pieces.

3. Place the lamb pieces onto the grill alternately with the paprika and the chorizo. Lightly oil the hot grill and grill the skewers for approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Grill the pork pieces separately and place onto a skewer alternately with the marshmallows, then return to the grill for a brief amount of time.

4. Season the veal cutlet skewer and the lamb skewer with pepper and sea salt. Season the pork-marshmallow skewer with crushed coffee beans and sea salt. Finally, season the spring chicken skewer with crushed fennel seeds, coriander kernels, and sea salt.

5. Sprinkle each of the skewers with lemon juice, plate, and serve immediately.

 

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