Pizzelles, available at a handful of venues in Pueblo (as are Pizzelle irons), (pronunciation: [pitˈtsɛl-le]) are traditional Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, and flavoring (usually anise or anisette, less commonly vanilla or lemon zest). Pizzelle can be hard and crisp or soft and chewy depending on the ingredients and method of preparation. It can be moulded into various shapes.
Described by Food Network, “Hailing from Abruzzo in Central Italy, pizzelle are crisp, flat waffle-esque cookies made in a special hot iron. Like mostaccioli, these cookies predate Christmas — in fact, it is said that this is the oldest known cookie recipe on earth, dating back to the 8th century BC. In olden times, presses were made from cast iron and would be heated over a fire, or directly on the stovetop.”
This classic Italian cookie that are traditionally served at weddings and other celebrations as well as during the Christmas season.
Joe Tomato is a long time local favorite Italian Market and Deli, located at 707 S Main Street by Pueblo’s main library. There you can find fresh deli sandwiches, fresh meats and cheeses and classic Italian favorites including pastas, jams and jellies, classic candies, meats, cheeses, olives, potica and more. When in season, they serve fresh fruit and veggies straight from the farm.
Gagliano’s is an over 100 year old deli and store that also features this treat, sandwiches and Atlanta favorites. They are located in Bessemer on Elm and also have a meat market on Northern.
Milberger Farms is located in the County, and has a grocery store, bread, treats and a full salad bar and restauran. Mauro Farm and Bakery is also located in the county.
A Little Bite of Heaven is located downtown at the Depot. They serve breakfast and lunch (soups, salads and sandwiches), coffee, cookies, pastries and drinks.
Zoelsmann’s Bakery is a small long time establishment located on E Abriendo Avenue. It’s a small place in Besemer with deli sandwiches, a dutch lunch, fresh rolls, pita bread, the deli platters, fresh sausage bread, pre-made frozen homemade meatballs, tiramisu, rum cake, lady fingers, and fresh cookies.
Here’s the Food Network recipe (feel free to comment if you have a local recipe that’s been passed down or if you know of other places in Pueblo that sell Pizzelles):
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon anise extract, optional
3 large eggs
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Special equipment: a pizzelle iron. Whisk together the sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, anise extract if using and eggs in a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, and continue to whisk until the batter is smooth. Allow to stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour so the batter can hydrate. Heat the pizzelle iron, and cook your pizzelles according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Compiled by Jenny Paulson – admin of Pueblo Eats & Entertains on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PuebloEatsAndEntertains/