* Rosette Cookies and Apple Fritters
A family tradition: Rosette cookies
Frying delicious crisp and sweet cookies for New Year's Eve
I never knew, until I did some research the other day for this article, that these delicious crisp cookies were of Scandinavian origine. I'm Dutch and as long as I can remember (I'm in my late 60s) we had this family tradition of frying those lovely Rosette Cookieson the day of New Year's Eve, along with some other delicacies.
When my Dad died in 1985, my Mom would still fry those rosette cookies each year, until she moved to an elderly home in 1996. She gave me her and she made me promise to carry on with the family tradition, which I gladly did and will do till the day I have to pass them on to someone else. Cookie Irons
The only tool you need to make Rosettes
Cookie Irons come in different shapes - No need to buy a whole bunch, two or three is enough
I usually use only the star and the flower shape because they work the best. I do have the butterfly shape too, but I never get a cookie in one piece from it. Too complicated forms I think.
You'll need Cookie Irons to make Rosettes
Cookie Irons: to make Rosette Cookies
Cookie Irons are the tools that you need to make those delicious crisp cookies called Rosettes or Rosette Fritters.
Rosettes are traditional Christmas and/or New Year cookies which originate from the Scandinavian Countries. They are also often referred to as Swedish Cookies.
Rosette cookies, or rosette fritters as some will call them, are made of pancake batter, they stay crisp for days and they are actually delicous all year 'round, but traditionally baked at the last Holiday period of the year.
In this article you will also find the recipe for our family traditional homemade Apple Fritters for which you can use the same batter as for the Rosette Cookies.
Credit all text and photos, if not mentioned otherwise: Titia Geertman
Before you start to make the batter.....
Theres something to consider....
Before you start to make the batter for his recipe, you might consider whether you only want to make the Scandinavian Rosette Cookies, or also want to make the delicious Apple Fritters,which you can find below.
They're made with the same batter. If you want to make both, just double the measurements on the flour, milk and eggs and maybe put a little more salt in it, but not too much.
Rosette Batter Mix - You can either take a pre mixed or you can take normal weat flower and mix your own
I don't know how the pre mixed batter tastes or works, because we don't have that in my country, so I always make my own batter. But it never hurts to try the pre mixed. I think it will taste delicious.
How to make Rosette Cookies
Once you've eaten these cookies, you won't forget them, ever
I am Dutch, so the ingredients I use will be somewhat different from the ingredients you will use. I never fry my cookies in oil. I use a kind of solid fat, but I don't know if that's available in other countries and what it's called.
Anyway you can fry the cookies in oil too and you will need the product you normally fry your stuff in. You know best what you normally use to fry things in your kitchen.
It should be a neutral tasting oil though.
Recipe to make Rosette Cookies
Serves: about 30 - Prep Time: 10 minutes - Total Time: 30 minutes to make them all
* 1 c. all purpose flour
* 1 eggs
* 1 c. milk
* 1/8 tsp. salt
* powdered sugar
* frying pan
* frying fat for deep frying or oil
* big batter bowl
This is how you start:
Heat the fat or oil to about 385 degrees (F). You can either use a thermometer, or check it by throwing in a tiny piece of bread (when it starts bubbling right away, it's hot enough).
While the fat is heating, take a big batter bowl and put in the flour, the eggs, the salt and start beating slowly, while adding the milk gradually until you get a smooth mass, like pancake batter. Not too thin, not too thick. Ad flour or milk if needed to get it right.
You'll need the Rosette Iron tool for this
(see elsewhere in this article as to where to get them).
Don't push the cookie iron too deep into the batter
Frying oil or frying fat?
I always use Diamant frying fat, but you can also use frying oil, depending on what suits you best.
Let the cookies drip
Let it drip out a bit and then put the rosette into the hot fat or oil, it will fry to lightbrown within a minute. Take it out and use a fork to let the cookie fall off the iron onto a papertowel layered big bowl or plate. Let them cool off and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
Frying the rosette cookies
You put the rosette into the hot fat or oil and let it sit there for 1 or 2 minutes.Take the iron out the oil and dip it into the batter, but NOT all the way down, leave a trim or you won't be able to get your cookie off, when it's done.
The first cookie might come off a bit difficult, but the next cookies should come off more easy. Then repeat the dipping and frying, till you have enough cookies.
Rosette Cookies are originally Scandinavian
Have you ever tasted Rosette Cookies
Have you ever tasted Apple Fritters?
How to fry Apple fritters
It's So easy to make these delicious apple fritters
While you're making those crispy Rosette Cookies, you might as well think about making some Apple Fritters right after, because it only takes a bit more batter to make them and they are just so tasty.
When you have made enough batter, here's what you can do next:
1. lower the temp of the frying pan, when you're done frying Rosette Cookies.
2. Peel 5 or 6 big apples (rennets are the best), leave them whole.
3. Pinch out the core with an apple corer.
4. Slice them in 1/2 inch slices.
5. Heat up the fat or oil again to 375 degrees F
6. Put the slices into the blatter.
7. Take them out with a fork, let them drip and put them in the hot fat or oil.
8. Let them fry a bit and then turn them over, when they're gold colored, take them out with a skimmer, let them drip and put them on a with papertowel covered plate.
9. When all batter is gone, arrange the apple fritters nicely on a plate and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
You can eat them warm or cold, either way they are just delicious.
Now you've read about Rosette Cookies and Apple Fritters...
Are you going to try to make them some day?
Two kitchen tools to make your work easier
You'll need an apple corer
You need at least an apple corer in order to be able to get the core out of the apple without breaking it in pieces. Apple fritters should be round with a hole in the middle.
The apple corer
You'll need a skinner
You also need a skimmer to get the apple fritters out of the hot oil. Attention: The hot oil or fat might get a bit spatty when you leave the fritters in the fat or oil too long. So take care that you don't get spatted on your arms or face.