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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Create the Perfect Cold Weather Soup Buffet

By Guest Blogger Amanda Saiontz Gluck

Soup Passion Soup Bowls

I have been brainstorming some unique dinner buffet displays for my upcoming Fall and Holiday soirees for a while now, so when I was introduced to Villeroy & Boch’s Soup Passion Collection I knew I had found the perfect concept! Who doesn’t love a warm soup in the Fall? And with a few special touches, like unique bowls and specialty noodles, I knew the wow factor would be on point! Villeroy & Boch’s soup collection in particular, is incredibly elegant and sleek {I just love the white porcelain!}, while the functionality is totally nouveau! Take my favorite item, the small soup passion bowl which is actually two small bowls connected at the center, allowing you to serve a bowl of soup on one side and then place crackers or bread for dipping on thVilleroy & Boch Soup Passione other! Read on for how I styled my bar as well as my soup go-to’s this season!

To create my soup bar display, I lined my collection of bowls down my buffet table in my dining room. To create a Fall vibe I suspended an autumn wreath over my mirror, placed two large white faux pumpkins on one end of the buffet, and a long glass vase full of pumpkins and pinecones on the other end. I swapped classic white candles for ones with a texture of natural birch. And for flowers I filled a Villeroy & Boch white Numa vase with Kale Brassica!

For my soups, I have two new recipes I need to share. The first is a healthy butternut squash soup from my friend BeWellwithArielle.com – a tad sweet because of the syrup and almond milk rather than cream! Find the recipe on this health guru’s website here. I placed this soup in asia bowls which come with a small tray that I filled with crackers and sprigs of rosemary for color! Then my classic vegetable soup was a hit because I served it with festive Fall Leaf noodles; a crowd pleaser for adults and kids! {Note: these noodles are just as great with pasta sauce!} The Villeroy & Boch tureen, which holds up to four bowls of soup and has a lid, is the perfect place to store soup while guests decide which route to choose!

I hope this inspires a new selection of foods and tools to utilize at your next dinner party.

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Give Your Holiday Table a Fresh Look with Casale Blue

Article By Stephen Milioti
Villeroy & Boch Casale Blu

“The holidays hold so much meaning for so many people,” says Isabelle von Boch. “But beyond that, the holiday season — especially Thanksgiving — has become one of those rare times when entire families sit around a table for an extended period of time to enjoy a meal.”

Because it’s a rare moment for people to slow down, set their phones aside (hopefully) and enjoy time together, the table has to be memorable. And this year, Villeroy & Boch has reimagined the holiday table’s traditional aesthetic in a cooler set of hues. “It’ll make you look at the holidays in a different way, with fresh eyes,” says von Boch, the company’s brand ambassador and an eighth-generation member of its founding family.

Enter Casale Blu

Casale BlueEnter Casale Blu: defined by saturated-yet-subtle blue tones, it evokes the graphic decorative style of traditional Italian ceramics (specifically, those practiced in the Umbrian town of Deruta since the 12th century). But, as with so many Villeroy & Boch lines, this style, while historically relevant, is made contemporary enough to fit perfectly into any table or décor style. And we’d like to present it as the basis for not only the Thanksgiving table this year, but the rest of the festive season, including Christmas or Hanukkah.

“I’m always fond of formalizing the casual, and casualizing the formal,” says von Boch. And, ironically, Casale Blu will do both for the holiday table: Its bowls and plates, with their eye-catching color and graphic details, add European flair to any space you grace them with.

When it comes to setting your table with Casale Blu, von Boch’s advice, as always, is to mix and match within the collection. And this collection makes that very easy (and fun) to do. The primary blue color is peppered with accents of yellow or green in four distinct patterns. Mix plates, bowls, cups, and more in different patterns, even within settings, and you’ll evoke the Italian way of life — aesthetically beautiful yet effortlessly laid-back.

Into this “perfectly mismatched” look, add some bold blue or green glass accents (like the Verso vase, in the bold “Caribbean Sea” color). Beyond that, von Boch recommends introducing natural elements into the mix, for a richly textured, undeniably autumnal look and feel. Woven jute or sisal placemats, wooden serving bowls and utensils (like an acacia plate or salad servers from the Artesano Original line), and even stone accents will bring nature in, adding a relaxed tone to this inspired, global look. The result: a setting in which you’ll want to linger for hours, making memories — and setting some new holiday traditions.