VillaWare V3600-NS Prego Nonstick Pizzelle Baker
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- Electric appliance bakes 2 5-inch Italian pizzelles every 30 seconds
- Imprints traditional fiori pattern on each waffle-like cookie
- Xylan non-stick grids; automatic thermostat with "ready" light
- Steam Guard protects hands; cord wrap; instructions with recipes included
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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VillaWare PREGO Pizzelle baker, non stick. Bakes two 5 inch Italian pizzelle cookies every 30 seconds. Traditional fiori pattern. Xylan non stick coating. Steam guard protects hands. Automatic thermostat, ready light. Stands upright for storage. Cord wrap prevents tangles.
From the Manufacturer
The Prego Pizzelle Baker bakes two, five-inch Italian pizzelles every 30 seconds--enjoy the traditional fiori pattern! The automatic thermostat with ready light and Xylan non-stick grids make it easy to create perfect pizzelles every time. For your safety, the Steam Guard feature protects your hands. And for easy storage, the unit stands upright and comes with a convenient cord wrap.
Top Customer Reviews
It's been almost 5 years since I've purchased this pizzelle iron, and I'm happy to say that it's still functioning just as well as the first day I got it. We actually use this machine a lot more since we have kids now - these little wafer cookies are still a breeze to make...best part is that it's so fast that the kids don't have time to start whining "are they done yet?" Quick tip - use a mini cookie scoop to scoop out the batter. It's just the right amount to use, and you won't have to fiddle with two spoons when dropping the dough onto the griddle. The Norpro 25mm cookie scoop (a little over a teaspoon) is just the right size, so you don't have to worry about batter squeezing out through the sides.
I love this pizzelle iron - it's fast, clean, and helps me make one mean pizzelle! I bought this for my husband for Valentine's Day (and yes, I did make the pizzelles for him - his favorite dessert!) and he's been asking for more pizzelles ever since! Another plus - the pizzelle sizes are big enough to make one scoop ice cream bowls - perfect for people like me who don't like a huge serving of dessert all at once (but who won't turn down a second serving if it was around..!) I would definitely buy this again!
I would still like to know what I have to do to pour exactly the right amount of batter & where to place it to get a perfect pizzelle every time. It would also be nice if there were a signal to let you know when it's done.
Bottom line, if you don't want to spend a fortune, and you like pizzelles, I highly recommend the VillaWare V3600-NS PREGO Pizzelle Baker !
Pizelles are thin Italian cookies cooked 1- or 2-at a time in a pizelle iron. A century ago cast iron pizelle irons were held over the stove, but my grandmother gave hers up as soon as the decent electric ones came out in the 1960s.
This pizelle baker is VERY nice. The non-stick coating is easy to clean and the pizelle don't stick (be sure to use wooden utensils and only wipe clean with a paper towel so you don't scratch the coating). The iron heats quickly (maybe 5 minutes) and keeps constant temperature (I've had it about 2 years and have made at least a dozen batches of pizelle and haven't had any problems). Like MANY kitchen appliances, however, the cord is too short, IMHO - they do that so you don't accidentally pull the hot iron off the table, but you really shouldn't use an extension cord. For countertop use the cord length is fine. When I make pizelle, however, I like to sit (it takes about an hour to cook a 12-egg recipe), so I move my kitchen table near an outlet and put the iron on the table.
The baker comes with a recipe book. The first recipe is the traditional anise-flavored pizelle (anise tastes a lot like licorice, but don't let that discourage you if you've never tried it), and it's a good recipe. I skip the anise extract and add a slightly heaping teaspoon (for 6 eggs) of real anise seed that I crush in my palm before adding (anise seed is available in Hispanic markets). If you have an old recipe that calls for oil, you'll have to switch to butter to use the electric irons. Compare you old recipe to the modern ones and use a little experimentation and they'll taste just like your grandma's pizelle.
If you've never made pizelle, don't be afraid. Use a mixer to make the batter, which will be thick (again, if you remember your grandma making these, the old batters are thin and runny - those don't work well in the electric irons). Preheat the iron until the light goes off. Use 1 Tablespoon of batter per pizelle (you cook 2 at a time in this iron). A small cookie scoop works brilliantly. Place the batter a little behind the center of each 'waffle' pattern and a little towards the center of the iron, because closing it spreads the batter forward and out a little. Let the iron close gently (don't push down), and then gently close it all the way - you'll see steam come out and hear hissing. Latch the handle shut and cook the pizelles until the steam mostly stops - open gently so if the pizelle isn't cooked enough you can close the iron again to continue cooking. The lights have nothing to do with the cooking - they just let you know the iron is plugged in or heating. Some people prefer pizelle browned and others like them pale - your choice. When it's cooked, use a wooden spoon or fork to gently move the pizelle to where you can grab it (watch for singed fingers - you can use tongs) and put it on a rack to cool. It will crisp as it cools - don't taste it until it gets a little crisp (so you know what it really tastes like). If you haven't used the iron in a while throw out the first batch. After you've cooked a few pizelle you'll be a pro.
The big problem is using too much batter or placing the batter in the wrong place. Put too little rather than too much. If you put too much some batter will ooze out the sides - scrape it off with a wooden spoon after it cooks and don't worry about it, but be sure to clean the iron carefully (dry paper towel only!) after you've finished and cooled it off. Store it with a clean paper towel folded and placed in it. You don't really wash the iron and you don't have to oil or season it. Cooking the first 2 pizelle each time seasons the iron.
When you're done leave the iron open to cool. You should only have to wipe the cooled iron carefully with a paper towel.
If you want to make ice cream cones or dessert cups, you shape the hot pizelle right as it comes from the iron. Drape over a small Pyrex cup (or place inside) to make a dessert cup. Drape over a rolling pin to make a `dessert taco shell'.
The pizelles made with this iron usually don't `fill out' to the edges of the molds, so you get irregular-shaped edges, but they're still delicious. I think if you really wanted the molds to fill completely the batter would have to be a little thinner than called for in the first recipe in the cookbook (the only one I've tested). Pizelle keep for several days, if they last that long.
THEIR CANOLIs are THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
I CHALLENGE THE WORLD TO DISCREDIT ME!
SO..I finally get the nerve and ask "WHAT DO YOU USE FOR YOUR SHELL?" (I have used WONTON WRAPPERS, ROLLED AND FRIED which are GREAT....).
THEY SAID A PIZELLE MAKER.
THEY SHOWED ME THE PIECE.
"VILLAWARE" I wrote on a NAPKIN.
13 minutes later, I CRASHED INTO MY GARAGE, DOVE OUT THE WINDOW, as my wife yelled "TAKE ONE OF THE KIDS!".
I shouted "YOU TAKE THEM.....I'M GOING ON THE COMPUTER!".
Whether or not they made it in the house I am not sure....BUT ONE THING I AM SURE ABOUT!
I GOT TO AMAZON, FOUND THE PIZELLE FOR LESS THAN EBAY, and VILLAWARE ITSELF! (I was tempted to become a DISTRIBUTOR).
THE REST IS HISTORY!
PERFECT COOKIES, that once ROLLED, become the ULTIMATE SHELL!
MARSCAPONE CHEESE WITH CONFECTIONER'S SUGAR....and BAM!
OR FAT FREE with FAT FREE CREAM CHEESE, and CONF SUGAR.
THINNED WITH RICE MILK AND CONF SUGAR.
WHATEVER and CONF SUGAR!
WHEW! I just typed for more time than I HAVE EVER BEEN AWAY FORM MY PIZELLE MAKER....back I go!
TIME TO MAKE THE PIZELLES!
PS YOU CAN MAKE THEM and REFRIGERATE THEM...when company comes...FILL THEM AND BAM AGAIN!