Saturday, February 17, 2018

Making Rosettes with Betty

Remember that big snow from this post? Well, those photos were taken a couple days after the big snow when the roads were plowed and the sky was blue. But on that very day, after the first 10 inches or so, Rick and I went out to a wonderful dinner!  And we got to help!


We met Doug and Betty on New Year's Eve and they invited us all to a winter dinner. Oh, so good with white chicken chili and salad, bread, wine and dessert. And we were going to help make the dessert!

When Betty came to New Year's she brought a tray of beautiful rosette pastries (below) and we were all wanting to learn how to make these crunchy cookies. So, Betty taught us! This may be old news to some of you, but join us in the kitchen.


First, you heat the oil to 350 --


-- and keep an eye on the temperature with the candy thermometer. You don't want it too hot -- or too cold. Just like Mama Bear.


Then you mix up this batter...


...and get out this handy thing! (Which, I am told, is available at World Market and probably a zillion other places including Amazon.)


So, you take the rosette iron...


...and dip it in the oil, empty. Then dip it in your batter. Not all the way, just up to the top.


Then you put it in the hot oil.


In a very short time it will loosen up and help it off the iron with a chopstick, like Kate is doing here.


Then let it stay in the oil till it's the desired amount of brown-ness for you. Mark liked his a little darker.


All this you do with an eager and very interested audience!


Well, not everyone is that interested.


After you remove them from the oil, place on paper towels to drain grease and dry a bit.


The sprinkle with powdered sugar -- perfect for our snowy night!


And serve! The rest of Betty's dessert included a delicious slice of grilled pineapple and ice cream.


There was another part of the evening that was special to me. Betty's cat, Max.


Max bears a more than striking relationship with the late, great Stimpy. That's Stimpy on the left and Max on the right. I can't even put their photos in the same file because I'm not sure I could tell them apart, save for the background!

 

Stimpy was my first cat-boy and a wonderful animal. And, if you remember my Valentine post, Stimpy is responsible for my meeting Rick!


I'm convinced of the nine lives theory (even the timing worked out!). Happy to see my boy again, in new form and with a wonderful home.

It was a night to remember! Thanks, Betty and Doug!

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54 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is an incredible process! You really need to know what you are doing. I came across a set of 'tools' and I didn't know what they were but someone told me they are for making these! I wouldn't try to do this on my own though...well, never say never! heehee! Hugs!

Joyful said...

What a wonderful evening. I've never seen the iron rosette and so it was great seeing how these beautiful desserts are made. The cat sure does look like Stimpy. I'm sure that gave you a momentary jolt. I hadn't realized (or didn't remember) that Stimpy is responsible for your meeting Rick. How cool is that?!

Danielle L Zecher said...

The rosettes kind of look like pretty funnel cakes. I LOVE funnel cakes, so I'm sure the rosettes are awesome.

Max is a very handsome boy, and so was Stimpy. I'm a sucker for orange tabbies too. I hope you're right about the nine lives. I'd like to think of my Milo getting another, better chance.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The rosettes look so good! Fried dough with powdered sugar..yum!

David Gascoigne said...

As far as I know those rosettes are a real Mennonite item. My wife is a Mennonite girl and some of her relatives are still conservative(ish) Mennonites and the wife of her eldest brother always makes these and brings them to every family reunion.

Pam Jackson said...

Both beautiful kitty's! And the dessert! WOW....looks like snowflake for your snowy night. I love it. Great job.

Jann Olson said...

Sweet Stimpy! I have thought a few times that I would love one of those rosette makers, but then I think I probably would not use it enough. I sure do love them!! I have not made chicken chili this year yet. I need to. It's so yummy!!
hugs,
Jann

My name is Erika. said...

I have always wondered how to make these rosettes and so I enjoyed this post a lot. I would like to try out so I guess I better get myself one of those rosette makers. :) It's always fun to go out with new friends as well as meeting new people, and if you get to see one of your old pets in their new life, even better. happy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks so much for showing us the process. I don't think I could manage it--I'm a terrible baker. I had an aunt, who would make tons of these at Christmas, and deliver them to all of us in gift boxes with layers of tissue. Yummy...

Jane

Tammie Lee said...

It looks and sounds like you had a lovely and delicious evening together. Those cookies look like too much work for me. they also look like pieces of art. So beautiful and surely delicious.

Valerie-Jael said...

Those rosettes look wonderful, and that's a great idea to make them together, adds a lot to the fun! And with pineapple and ice cream....yesssss! Those cats are really very alike and special. Glad you had such a wonderful evening. Hugs, Valerie

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

It looks like you had a wonderful evening. The patries look very delicious, Jeanie! I'm in the middle of a detox week and should now better think of something else though, lol. Max is a cutie and looks so much like Barney.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have one of those sets of irons, but have only made them once. I didn't use a chopstick, so that was a great bit of advice. Your time with Betty and the rosettes was fun to watch and learn about. What a great post.

And of course, Max was a joy to see and YES, he really does look like Stimpy, right down to all his markings.

Stacey said...

Those little rose pastries are beautiful! They remind me the way we used to try to make homemade donuts but ours were not pretty at all. I just love that you made new friends like that. :)

shoreacres said...

Struva! They're called Struva in Swedish. I used to help my grandmother make them at Christmas time -- they were delicious, and quite a treat. Somewhere along the line her irons disappeared. My mother got them after she died, but I suppose since Mom never made them, she got rid of them when she made her big move from Iowa to Kansas City. That's ok with me, since they're more trouble than I'd indulge in now -- but I'd be happy to eat some!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Mmmmm - they look divine! I love those kinds of fried cookie/cake/pastry sort of desserts. A dear friend's Italian mother used to make something that looked similar, but was much much thinner, I believe called Pizzelles (or something spelled sort of like that LOL). Also served with powder sugar and ice cream!

I like the way you spend snowy evenings!
Happy Pink Saturday (or Sunday, as the case may be!)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a fun evening. The food and dessert sounds yummy. I love white chicken chili. The pastries look delicious, fun for the group to make too. Your kitties are adorable. Cute photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Thanks so much for stopping by Enchanted Revelries. I didn't know how to contact you, so I'm leaving the link to the post you inquired about. It's from March 29, 2009 - whew - I've been blogging my life away too long LOL.
Thanks again!
http://tristanrobin.blogspot.com/2009/03/feeling-bit-royal-this-evening.html

La Table De Nana said...

I ahve not used mine in years..Thanks for the inspiration! They look perfect!

David Gascoigne said...

Hi Jeanie: I kid of figured that perhaps you had some Mennonite ancestry if you were contemplating coming to this area to research your family. This is the epicentre of Mennonitism in Canada.

Joanne Huffman said...

Fun!

anno said...

Yum! What fun! What yummy, yummy fun!

Victoria Zigler said...

The dessert sounds tasty, and quick and fun to make too. A perfect addition to what was, I'm sure, an already wonderful gathering with friends and cats.

William Kendall said...

The rosettes look tasty!

Sandra Cox said...

The Stimpy story just melts my heart. It has a ring of my Shardai book to it:)
And I'm really wanting a rosette! :)
Hope your day is glorious.

thepaintedapron.com said...

What a fun idea for a get together, let everyone cook their own treat! Sweet kitty!
Jenna

whatshesthinking1 said...

Oh, those rosette pastries are beautiful. I've never made them. I can see how it would be lots of fun to do with a group.

Polly said...

mmm these look delicious. Beautiful cat, it's amazing how much alike they are x

Pam Richardson said...

I love the idea of a party that includes a cooking class. Those look delicious. It has been also two years ago that our cat Oreo got sick and we lost him. We still miss him.

Red Rose Alley said...

The Rosettes look Yummy, Jeanie. They almost look like little doughnuts with powdered sugar. That was nice that Betty taught you how to make them. : )

~Sheri

Ricki Treleaven said...

The rosettes look pretty and delicious! They're like funnel cakes only pretty!

Pom Pom said...

When I was a young bride I made rosettes with a friend. YUM.
What a cute kitty! I love kitty lookalikes.

Maggie said...

Your rosettes are new to me but they look yummy, looks like you all enjoyed the evening together despite the inclement weather.

Sami said...

I remember my Mom making those around Christmas time many moons ago and how we all loved those crunchy wafers.
What a nice cooking lesson you all got.
That's lovely that Max is similar to your Stimpy, I'm sure it filled your heart Jeanie.

Sarah F said...

Ooh they look delicious! I would probably need help if I wanted to attempt making those, because I'm almost positive I would mess it up somehow, haha. It looks like fun though and the final product looks delicious. My grandma used to make those years ago. 😊 I'm glad you had a fun evening together! We had the same snow here, it was crazy. I got stuck trying to drive off of my street and my fiance had to help me get the car out of the snow pile. I'm counting down the days until spring! 😊

xo, Sarah
Hustla, baby.

roughterrain crane said...

It looks like all of you had a great fun to make sweets.

Regine Karpel said...

Have fun.

Jenny Woolf said...

What a lovely, pretty dessert for special occasions. We sometimes call these waffles or fritters. What a really beautiful cat Max is!

Lynne said...

Thank you for the Rosette picture tutorial . . .
Perfect for a snowy evening . . .
I am passing this on!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I can't get over how much Max looks like Stimpy! That is just crazy! I can see how you need to save their photos in different files as it would be hard to tell them apart!

Those rosettes look beautiful and I bet they were so delicious! Especially with some grilled pineapple and ice cream. Yum! I love the picture of the guys all in the dining room while the ladies are at work in the kitchen!! :) That's totally how it is on my dad's side of the family as the men aren't really into cooking and prefer to chat while the ladies work their magic in the kitchen (although I know that Rick is talented in the kitchen!).

The French Hutch said...

Wow, those rosettes are amazing Jeanie. I have to say looking at the process my mouth started to water. I can only imagine how good they are. I won't say this is an easy recipe but the finished product is well worth the effort. My goodness, I can't get over the resemblance of Max and your Stimpy. I know this did your heart good to see Max, so sweet. Now, I'm off to read the post of how Stimpy brought you and Rick together, I either missed that post or forgot........Happy week :)

Toni said...

Beautiful. I bet they are yummy but they're too pretty to eat!

bj said...

They not only taste delicious, they are beautiful. I love them. I've never even THOUGHT of making them...no telling what kind of mess I could make. And, I absolutely LOOOVE grilled pineapple.

Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage said...

Jeanie, I have never eaten one of these! In fact, I've never been anywhere to even try one. They remind me of angel wings which are also fried and I used to make years ago.

BeachGypsy said...

Well I have never seen anything like this! They sure look tasty though! I think if I was to try this I would burn them for sure! LOL Very cool thing to make for dessert. And those two kitties DO LOOK VERY MUCH alike!

NanaDiana said...

Hi! I just found you through one of those pop-ups on FB. LOL I live in a neighboring state- WI! I am your newest follower and will put you on my sidebar so I don't miss any posts. (I read from there).
I hope you have a wonderful day. We are in the midst of an ice storm here--lucky us! Hugs, Diana

Tracy said...

Ooo...those look sooo GOOD! Are they a bit like funnel cakes? At first I thought they were like those Italian crisp cookies pizzelles, I think they're called?? Whatever they are I wouldn't mind one with my cup of tea right now! ;) How CUTE is Max!! He and Stimpy could have been cousins! Cats... no one naps like a cat. We can learn a lot of cats. ;) Thanks for all the fun Jeanie!
((HUGS))

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Such a fun way to connect and eat pretty pastries! I remember in the good old days we had fondue parties and boy did I enjoy those!

Katie Mansfield said...

Those look delicious. I love seeing a doppelganger for our Copper. Thanks for sharing at Keep in Touch.
Katie
Let's Add Sprinkles

Sandra Cox said...

Just stopped by to say hey AND hope your day is wondrous.

Bonnie said...

Love the tutorial making rosettes. I've always been interested in those. How fun to have your girlfriends cook together. Fun party

Marilyn Miller said...

I don't think I have left a comment on this post; but first how lovely to get to say hello to your reincarnated Stimpy. Oh Rosettes! My cousin makes them every year for Christmas and gave me a rosette maker, but I just ended up making a mess. I needed your pictures and didn't know about the chopstick, that would have helped. I finally got rid of that rosette maker. Sad! I will just enjoy your pictures.

Snap said...

My mouth is watering. My mother used to make these and now I wonder where the rosettes are! Yummy!

Olka said...

These rosettes looks so yummy! And also not diet, so not for me right now :(
I have to control myself little bit more, because of my heart problems. I should stay with the weigh I reached recently. After my pregnancy I had to loose my weigh and I think it's ok at the moment.

Max is adorable :)
Unfortunately I don't believe in 9 lives :( It's really hard to get used to losing beloved cat, but I know that he/she will never come back. Of course we can meet a lot of cute and adorable cats, but we'll never meet the same we lost :( But I believe that there is something like a heaven and one day we'll meet together and stay forever <3

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