It's been on my wish list for over a year. I kept hoping the price would go down. It didn't. I also opted to buy a second seashell cakelet pan. It gets really old to try to make batches of these and wait for cooling in between. Nigh impossible for my patience level! So, now, I have 4 Nordic Ware "teacake pans". One, the first, is not my favorite, but I use it anyway. I'm sure I just need to find the correct density batter/dough to make that first one work well. I usually end up with a lot of holes and that's not always pretty!
Anyway, here's a picture of my new pan. So cute!
|Nordic Ware Acorn Cakelet Pan|
I had every intention of creating or finding a pumpkin recipe for the acorn cakelets...but I ended up having 6 expensive Meyer lemons that were staring at me from my counter, and I needed to use them before they became over-ripe on me. I search for them so I really don't want THAT to happen! Therefore, I grabbed my absolute favorite lemon cookie recipe (which is quite cakey) and decided we would have lemon acorns...and lemon seashells too, because, I do live at the coast!
I whipped them all up and having 3 pans made life so much easier. The recipe made exactly 2 pans worth of each cakelet (4 pans total). Since I started the acorn first, it was great to have it cool and easily washed for the 4th round. I did up the glaze recipe a bit because I tend to run out when I use the original recipe instructions. Here's the link to the original recipe from Giada De Laurentis. I don't change anything in the dough. However, I do give a quick spritz of Pam or other cooking spray to the pan before filling. I use a 1 Tbsp. scoop to fill (and actually liked the second batch of acorn cakelets where I used a heaping Tbsp scoop instead of it leveled off). For a more ample amount of glaze, I make it thusly:
Lemon Drop Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 lemon finely zested (a Microplane is perfect for this task)
Combine ingredients with a small whisk. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes or so to ensure any sugar lumps dissolve. Re-stir before using.
Place the cakelets on a rack over a baking sheet. Ensure they are completely cool. Dip the cakelet upside down into the glaze, allow to drip a second or two over the bowl, then turn right side up and place back on rack for glaze to harden.
|The glaze is hardened and the cakelets are now|
easy to handle. If you look close you can see
the zest in the glaze. OMG - so good!
I call it Lemon Drop Glaze because my family says these cookies/cakelets taste like lemon drops. They are deliciously sweet and tart and my eyes roll when I bite into one!
I have no idea how long these cookies or cakelets last. They don't stay around in my house long enough to find out! Keep covered and enjoy (I love a cup of coffee or hot tea with 2 or 3 of these babies).
See you on the other side of Thanksgiving my friends!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!