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Anise Tuiles

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  • Servings: Makes about 32 tuiles

"At Mozza we make pizzelles to serve with gelato," Dahlia Narvaez says. Here, she pairs the delicate anise-scented tuiles with her lush honey-sweetened mascarpone.


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  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small skillet, toast the anise seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Transfer to a mortar or a small bowl and let cool completely. Using a pestle or the back of a spoon, coarsely grind the anise seeds.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar with the flour, lemon zest and anise seeds. Whisk in the egg whites and butter until smooth. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350° and set a rack in the center. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. On one sheet, mound 2 rounded teaspoons of batter 4 inches apart; you should get about 6 mounds per sheet. With an offset spatula, spread the batter into very thin 5-inch rounds. Bake the rounds in the center of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden. Using a large spatula, transfer the tuiles to a work surface to cool completely. Make the next batch on the second cookie sheet while the first sheet cools. Repeat with the remaining batter until all of the tuiles are made.

Make Ahead

The tuiles can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Contributed By Photo © Marie Hennechart Published March 2009

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