S: Carestia Family Recipes and Memories
BC: Made With Love by Paulette Gengenbacher 2011
FC: Carestia | Recipes | Family | and Memories
1: A Family Tradition | For every family wedding and celebration each of the Aunts had a special Italian cookie that she would make which had been handed down from Grandma Carestia. This recipe book is dedicated to them with love and appreciation for all the wonderful memories they have given us and teaching us that family and traditions are so important in our lives.
3: Name | Table of Contents | Recipe Name Page Biscotti 4 Potica 6-8 Wedding Cookies 10 Crescents 12 Pizzelles 14 Family Memories 15-18
4: 1 | Grandma Carestia
5: 2 | Aunt Antoinette, Aunt Rose, Aunt Nancy, Aunt Clara | Aunt Marie
6: 3 | Aunt Nancy | Biscotti
7: 4 | Biscotti | INGREDIENTS: 6 Extra large eggs 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 lb butter 2 1/2 tsp almond extract (pure) 1 Tbsp lemon rind - grated 12oz slivered almonds 5 1/2 cups flour DIRECTIONS: Melt butter and let cool. Lightly toast almonds, turning frequently. Let cool and dust with flour. Slightly beat eggs ( do not let them become frothy). Add sugar, butter, extract, lemon rind and flour and mix well. Add almonds at the end. Hand roll on floured surface into loaf- sized rolls. Place into greased baking pans. Brush top with 2 beaten egg whites and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes. While still warm, slice and put on greased cookie sheet. Brown on each side. Let cool
8: 5 | Aunt Marie | Potica | This is actually a Slovenian desert that my Mom learned to make after she married my Dad. It had always been her specialty and, at every celebration, it was a part of the desert table with the other Aunt's cookies.
9: Potica | 6 | Potica | Dough - Step One INGREDIENTS: 3 pkgs dry yeast 1 Qt warm milk 2 cubes butter 5 lbs flour 2 Tbsp salt 2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks - beaten DIRECTIONS: Melt butter over low heat and add milk. Let cool. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and let bubble. Mix together flour, sugar and salt. Add egg yolks to cooled milk mixture. Add this to flour mixture and then add yeast and beat well. Knead until all dough is gathered together. Finish dough with oil on hands. Place in 12 qt pan, cover and let rise for 2 hours. Punch down dough and let rise 10 minutes. (If possible, place pan with dough in warm area while rising) (continued on next page) | 6
10: 5 | DOUGH (continued) Divide dough into thirds. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangular shape. (My Mom had a bright patterned table cloth she used and she knew the dough was thin enough when she could see the pattern through the dough - usually was the size of a dining room table). Pour melted butter over entire surface and spread with hands until all the dough is covered. With butter on your hands, spread 1/3 of the filling over entire surface - carefully as the dough can tear - leaving 1/4 inch margins. Sprinkle with whole raisins and ground nuts. Taking the long side of the tablecloth, roll in a jelly-roll fashion until all the dough has been rolled together. Cut into lengths that will fit into your baking pans. Pinch to seal seam and turn ends under. Place in 5x8 pans. Using your hands, spread milk over top of the loaves. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool on oven racks. Repeat two more times for the other 1/3 sections of dough. (This usually was an all day family project. It helps to have 2 people on each end of the table cloth while rolling into the jelly roll. It's also nice to have someone else who can roll out the dough since you have to do the entire process 3 times). Makes 12 loaves | 7
11: Potica | 6 | FILLING: Step two INGREDIENTS: 4 lbs Walnuts - ground fine 1/2 lb Pecans - ground fine 6 eggs - beaten 1 cup sugar 2 cubes butter 2 tsp cinnamon 1 pkg raisins - ground fine (leave some whole and set aside) 1 cup honey 3 cans evaporated milk DIRECTIONS: In a heavy 6 qt sauce pan, melt butter, milk, sugar, honey, cinnamon and eggs. Stir mixture OFTEN over very low heat while rolling out the dough. | 8
12: Aunt Rose | 9 | Wedding Cookies
13: Wedding Cookies | 10 | INGREDIENTS: 12 eggs 2 cups butter or butter flavored Crisco 2 cups sugar 1 cup milk 1 Tbsp vanilla 1/8 tsp salt 9 cups flour 9 tsp baking powder DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Add cooled butter (or Crisco), sugar, vanilla, salt & milk. Gradually add flour - dough will be sticky. Pinch off sections of dough and, with a small amount of flour, roll between hands. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake @ 375 for 1 hour. FROSTING: 1/2 cube butter or oleo 2 lbs powdered sugar 1/2 cup evaporated milk DIRECTIONS: Mix all ingredients together, spread on cookies. Add sprinkles of your choice on top and let dry.
14: 11 | Aunt Antoinette | Crescents
15: Crescents | INGREDIENTS: 2 cups butter 2 tsp vanilla 4 cups flour 1 cup pecans - crushed 1/2 cup powder sugar DIRECTIONS: In a large mixing bowl, using your hands mix all ingredients. Form into crescent shapes and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes. When cool, roll in powder sugar. Makes 1 1/2 dozen crescents. | 12
16: 13 | Aunt Clara | Pizzelles
17: Pizzelles | INGREDIENTS: 15 eggs 3 cubes butter - melted in microwave 1/2 bottle Anise seed (or 2 bottles of Anise oil). 4 cups sugar 5 cups flour DIRECTIONS: In mixer bowl mix eggs, butter, Anise seed (or Anise oil) and sugar. Blend at medium speed. Gradually add flour until desired consistency. (If dough sticks to iron, add more flour in small quantities. Makes about 10 dozen. | Homemade | 14
18: Sisters | Aunt Zizi & Grandma (Rosa DeSanctis) | Aunt Zizi | Aunt Zizi & "Aunt" Kay (Katie was Zizi's daughter and our cousin but we all called her "Aunt"). | 15
19: November 1939 | Marie, Grandma, Grandpa, Nancy, Dom Rosie Clara, Antoinette, Tony, Ralph | July 1971 | Family | Clara | Clara, Antoinette, Tony, Ralph, Rosie Marie, Grandma, Nancy, Dom | 16
20: Antoinette & Clara (the baby is Paul). | isters | S | Rosie & Marie | Antoinette, Rosemary, Rosie & Clara Christy | Clara & Antoinette | Katie, Nancy, Grandma Antoinette Nancy Clara, Marie | 17
21: Clara, Elena Carestia, Antoinette, Nancy (our cousin in Italy) Caramonico, Italy May 2005 | 18