The 12 Days of Christmas Baking On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. My families traditional Italian Christmas cookies, Scalette.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Add the baking powder and mix until it's combined. Now you can add the shot of anisette and mix until combined.
With the mixer turned on, add in the melted crisco.
Slowy add in the flour. First add the the two cups, 1 at a time. If they dough is still too sticky, you can add in the 1\4 cup flour in slowly.
You want the dough to look like this:
Once the dough is ready, put it on the counted and knead it for a couple minutes. You want the dough to be smooth like this:
You are know ready to start all the fun shaping! We play around with different shapes, but here is a demonstration of the traditional way from our town.
Take a small piece of dough and roll it out so that it is about 10 inches long and 1\2 inch thick.
Take a wooden spoon and dip the end in flour. Wrap the dough around it 4 or 5 times.
Slip the wooden spoon out and bring the rest of the dough down.
Wrap the rest of the dough around so it meets the top part of the cookie.
Now you are ready to fry! Fill up a large frying pan with the oil. Leave about 2 fingers at the top empty. These fry pretty fast. Only a minute on each side!
Here they are all done! We made this recipe x 3!
A close-up of the traditional shape fried.
Here are some other shapes we played around with!