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Rosette Update

I’ve been making rosettes for over 30 years now; I can’t remember a Christmas I haven’t made them. I’ve gotten pretty good, but yesterday, when I couldn’t find my traditional recipe from my Mother, and I didn’t want to take the time to boot up my laptop to retrieve it, I used one from the very traditional old Joy of Cooking and it totally threw me off.

My FryBaby doesn’t work here; I don’t have a transformer big enough and I don’t want to buy a 220 appliance I only use once a year – for rosettes – so I use a thermometer. Normally, you aim for a temperature around 370° F, but yesterday, maybe the batter was a little thinner, but the normal temperature was too high, and I found the best temperature was around 350 – 360°. All these years, and I’m still learning new tricks. 🙂

December 20, 2008 - Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, Holiday, Recipes


  1. Coming from a Mennonite tradition, we didn’t make Rosettes, we made Obstkuchen and Mince tarts. Yum! All the women in my mother’s family would gather in our farmhouse kitchen and we’d make a gazillion tarts and eleventy-three pans of Obstkuchen. And of course, there were regular tea breaks where we sat, talking over top of one another, while eating the sweets my grandmother always made specially for this occasion. It was always a fantastic day.

    Comment by DaisyMae | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. Obstkuchen – doesn’t that mean vegetable pie? Are they small tarts, or like pies? They sound delicious!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. My mother-in-law made a whole batch of them last week. But I didn’t know westerners made them too. Its common among us Syrian Orthodox Christians to make them during the Christmas season.

    Comment by Mathai | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. I found a blog with a recipe for Indian version of rosettes.

    Comment by Mathai | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. Oh Mathai – I had no idea! I thought it was only Swedish! Her “achappam” rosettes are GORGEOUS. I have never seen an iron like that, and now, oh, how can I live without having one! It is so beautiful and I would love to have one! Have you ever seen these irons in Kuwait?

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’ll ask my mom if she has seen any of those molds in Kuwait.

    Comment by Mathai | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  7. Thanks for the compliments.
    I’m not sure if you can find the irons in Kuwait. If you have any Indian friends there who belong to the state of Kerala, they might be able to get it for you. Just make sure the rosette iron is made of iron and not very light. The heavier rosette irons make better cookies.

    Comment by Aparna | December 23, 2008 | Reply

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