Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fortune Cookies

These giant fortune cookies are easy to make if you've got a krumkake iron. I have an electric model made by Chef's Choice, but stovetop units or any other brand should be fine, too.

A pizzelle maker would probably work as well, although most of them make smaller diameter cookies, so your fortune cookies would also be smaller.

The recipe I use is based on one of the recipes that came with the krumkake maker, but if you've got a favorite krumkake recipe, give it a try.
 

Fortune Cookies

1 1/2 cups water
1 stick butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

In a 1-quart or larger microwave-safe container, heat water and butter until butter melts. Add sugar ans whisk well to dissolve the sugar.

Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then add the remaining ingredients and beat well so that it is well combined and no lumps remain. A stick blender is handy for this.

I got the best results from a fairly thin batter. As I worked, the batter thickened a bit, and I added water as needed to keep it thin enough.


Follow the directions for your model of krumkake maker; mine uses about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter to make 6-inch disks, and it makes them one at a time.

If you've got a larger krumkake maker that will make two at a time, you might want to make them one at a time unless you have someone to help you. They get crisp very fast.

I find that a wooden chopstick is handy for lifting the edge of the cookie so you can lift it easily.

Once the cookie is nicely browned, the fun folding begins. It might take a few tries to get the technique. You need to work with the cookie while it's hot. If your fingers can't handle the heat, thin latex gloves can help.

Take a look at the design that your krumkake maker makes on the cookie and decide which way you want to fold it to have the best looking fortune cookie and keep that orientation in mind as you fold.

If you're using fortunes, lay it on the center of the cookie, parallel to what will be the bottom fold:

Lift the cookie and fold in half, taking care not to crease the bottom:

Center the cookie over a bowl to start a crease in the bottom:

Push the cookie down on the bowl to deepen the crease:

Now you can continue the fold until you get the proper shape:

You'll need to hold the cookie for a few seconds until it hardens completely.
Let them cool on a rack completely before storing.

Help! I'm being held captive in a fortune cookie factory!
But at least there's plenty to eat.

Yum!

2 comments:

Sage Trifle said...

Wow! Those are beautiful.

Veggie Chick said...

Lovely. I have never seen an electric krumkake maker! Here in Malaysia, these cookies are called Love Letters and the mould is an old fashioned one that's like tweezers and we have to literally stand over a coal stove or gas stove and make them one by one. You can, if you are keen, take a peek at them on my blog: http://nodessert.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/love-takes-time-love-letters-too/

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