Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve in the Kitchen from Steve

My brother, Steve, is in the kitchen this Christmas Eve making Gallets, a Belgian waffle cookie, that you cook in an iron on the stovetop.  It's one of our family traditions that goes way back. Our Aunt Niece is the source.  But our Dad was the "king" of the gallet iron. Dad would make oodles of them.  The recipe is in pounds!

from Aunt Niece

2# butter
3# L. brown sugar
12 eggs
About 4# flour (4 c. to a lb.)
2 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
2 T. vanilla
1 t. almond extract
Mix like cake --- add flour 'til it doesn't stick to hands.  Then roll like little fingers and bake in iron. 
Makes about 30 doz.

Our kitchens are almost 3000 miles apart, so Steve sent me photos from his iPhone so we could see what he was doing.  The hot heat made it tough to hold the camera steady, but it is fun to see what he was making.   

He says that that Colleen made the dough for him and then he rolls it out into fingers. 

He places them in a very hot iron (which has been seasoned through use so they don't stick)

and counts 25 seconds, then turns.

And cooks another 25 seconds or so, depending on the thickness of the finger.

Voila!  A perfectly cooked gallet.

The beer keeps him cool. :)

Thanks for contributing, Steve!!

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