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Family Memories & Chocolate Pizzelle

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This week, a special thanks goes to Marlene Caroselli for Sharing the Joy! with everyone and her favorite family recipe for chocolate pizzelle. Marlene is an author and this story she has sent is a touching one since her Mom has since passed. Thanks Marlene and here is wishing you Peace, Love & Always Lots of Pasta!

by Marlene Caroselli

The cookie table was laden with delicacies the Italian aunts had been baking and freezing for weeks. The waiters were prepared to serve–salmon, yes, but the traditional Italian dishes as well, an unending stream of them. The neighborhood priest was ready to give his blessing. First, though–the toast to my aunt on her 50th wedding anniversary from her sister, my mother. With only an 8th grade education to her name, my mother was understandably nervous addressing the assembled guests. But, she raised her glass
to honor the anniversary couple. Then, in a quivering voice, she offered her toast….and an unfortunate spoonerism, “I wish you continued love and joy, from the heart of my bottom!” (None of the laughter-evoked choking from the guests subsequently proved fatal.)
Our favorite family recipe for chocolate pizzelles:
3 medium eggs or 4 small ones
3/4 c. flour
1/2 c. butter (no substitutes), melted
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. sugar plus three tablespoons
2 tsp. favorite flavoring
3 tbsp cocoa powder
Beat eggs and sugar together. Add cooled butter, flavoring and cocoa. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add them to the egg mixture.
Use a spoon to put the batter in the pizzelle machine. Remove when pizzelles have turned a golden color.
The recipe makes about two dozen pizzelles

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