Valentine's Rosettes?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rosettes......My Grandmother-in-law and her daughters (known at *The Aunts*) made these every year at the holidays. I had never made them and being non-norwegian I really haven’t eaten that many of them either. I do own an iron though. I picked it up years ago at a garage sale with the intention of making them, but I never had. I am not so fond of frying....that was my excuse.

Flash forward to NOW…the theme for our church Valentine’s Supper is Snowflakes. Guess what I was asked to make?! SERIOUSLY?! I could make some beautiful snowflake cut-out thought was to dip the little edges in white chocolate and then edible glitter. No, the sweet lady organizing things wanted rosettes. I agreed to make them....probably not with the right attitude but I did say I would. She even provided me with an easy enough looking recipe from Taste of Home. They are really pretty!

So I dug out my iron. Nothing that looks like a snowflake.

So I found a snowflake attachment on Amazon. So now I have the equipment I needed and a recipe and really no desire to make these. I went in search of a tutorial on making rosettes since Grandma isn't around to call anymore and I surely needed some inspiration. I found this post at Left Handed Chef. He had my attention when I saw that he used a cast iron skillet to fry them. GREAT step-by-step tutorial. The rosettes turned out beautiful and hopefully will be the hit of the dinner tonight...and if not, I learned a lot about making rosettes and I just might add them to my Christmas goodie routine...both my family and Grandma B. would be pleased with that! Miss you Grandma B.

(Printable Version)

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
Oil for deep-fat frying
Confectioners' sugar

In a small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, sugar and salt. Add flour; beat until smooth. In a deep-fat fryer or electric skillet, heat 2-1/2 in. of oil to 375°. Place rosette iron in hot oil for 30 seconds. Blot iron on paper towels, then dip iron in batter to three-fourths the way up the sides (do not let batter run over top of iron). Immediately place in hot oil; loosen rosette with fork and remove iron. Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack covered with paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

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  1. Karen said...:

    Gail, these are beautiful. I'm trying to imagine what they taste like. (donut?) I have never heard of rosettes. This is so intersting & amazing.

  1. Lovely recipe and a gorgeous blog! So happy to have found it - will be a regular visitor :)

  1. Those are beautiful. Great job!

  1. Mollie said...:

    Fantastic ! I have an iron and will say I did use it a few times but honestly had forgotten abt it..and they are so good! So thanks for the reminder and believe I will dig it out and make some for this weekend ! I love your space and visit almost daily...keep up the good work and thanks for reminding me abt this "good thing" !

  1. Sandy said...:

    I know this sounds kind of gross, but if you use lard instead of oil for frying, they come out better and crisper! I had two first Generation Norwegians in my family....they swore by it! It is how my great grandmother and grandmothers made them....just FYI.....

  1. Sandy said...:

    I am going to have to get that snowflake mold!!!!! :) Sandy

  1. Alan Beggerow said...:

    Thanks for linking to my blog article about Rosettes. You've got a really nice blog, so I 'grabbed' your button!

    May the peace of Christ be with you!

  1. Lovely snow flake rosettes! I know you will get many compliments and thank-you's on these crispy treats.


  1. Cathy said...:

    I am Norwegian and my Mom always made Rosettes at Christmas too :) You are soo blessed to have an iron ~ wonder whatever happen to my Mom's?? ... humm.
    I'm sure your Valentine treat will be enjoyed!

  1. They turned out beautiful Gail, I'm sure everyone will love them! What a fun little gadget:@)

  1. Gail, your rosetts look fab. When my kids were growing up, I used to make these on the first snowfall. I am Norwegian, but my mom never made them. My adorable Aunt used to make lutefisk --- which I CAN"T RECOMMEND. My dad's business partner used to make lefse -- which I liked. The mothers at school used to make krumkake and sand...something -- which were great. Have fun at your church social and frying once in awhile is fine I think. Joni

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Beautiful! They look so light and crisp. I have a Pizzelle iron I have never used, they look similar.
    Last week at WSonoma Outlet I bought a Rosette Pastry Shell Iron. 3 diff shapes you can fill. You think it is the same idea?
    I am going to check that site.
    Mine has what they call a deep classic rosette cup,French Tartlette and Deep Tart.
    I am so glad you posted this , you are such an inspiration! :) Now I am wondering if I could get the snowflake piece. I'll let you know how I do!

  1. katie said...:

    Thank you for the sweet memories. My own mother made these every year. We are not norwegian either, but my mother loved to make these.

  1. Lady Katherine said...:

    They are wonderful! Now you have to bake all the time!

  1. Cathy said...:

    My mother used to make rosettes every Christmas. What a lovely memory that is! And they are so pretty on the plate.

  1. Many years ago when we lived in Ca I tried to make some but made a mess. Now in MN they make rosettes over holidays. I remember how my grandmother made these, but I am better suited to purchasing. Good work that you did there!

  1. These look yummy! I have never tried to make them, but this is an inspiration. Have a beautiful Valentine's day. Lynn

  1. Dolly said...:

    I am saving your recipe.....I remember eating these as a child and loved them!
    Yum.... they look great and I am sure everyone will love them!

    Smiles, Dolly

  1. bj said...:

    I would LOVE to make these for my family. Sadly, I don't have an iron. :(
    Enjoy your dinner. :))
    xoxo bj

  1. Gail, Just beautiful!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Love to you, Janelle

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