Sunday, October 23, 2011

Powdered Sugar Wands (Galani) from Veneto

We have made these fried cookies for years, mom, grandmom, Aunts, friends.   Regions in Italy make many foods differently. These adopted many names over the years such as ribbons, wands, bow ties, I just knew them as the fried cookies with powdered sugar in them as a child. I couldn't eat enough of these growing up. Our Aunt Mary (RIP) used to lived in Schenectady NY, where her sisterninlaw had a corner Italian bakery, she was most popular for her powdered sugared wands. Hand made, and amazingly delicious. Check out her recipe here.  One of the first posts I ever made for this blog.

This new cookbook immediately got my attention when I saw their Regions version and I had to make them.. they are delicious too!

When I received my new cookbook I won from Claudia @ Journey of an Italian Cook  I had to try these fried cookies  fron Veneto, we make these every Holiday.

 Our version here  were from the Region of  Calabria the style and recipe a little different in flavor, we used a little vanilla and wine in ours. What a nice change in flavor using oranges in this recipe below.


During this week I then again won another wonderful giveaway from http://theessenceofwomanhood.blogspot.com/, so off I went to get my free flour to make these and stored in this beautiful container. Thank you ladies, I hope my viewers visit both your fabulous blogs~



2 eggs
juice of 2 oranges squeezed and seeded
3 cups flour more for rolling
1/2 cup melted butter
pinch of kosher salt
powdered sugar to sprinkle them with
oil for frying I used canola, however the recipe called for olive oil

Directions:
Heat oil to a low to medium heat, adjust if they get too brown, try one strip first.
Mix all ingredients together into a smooth dough, roll very thin and cut into strips. I roll this on parchment paper and cut with a fluted edged pastry cutter, (see photo)  then deep fry in hot oil,  till golden brown.

 Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.


For the Calabria family version click here we called them ribbons or bows and use wine in our recipe. We actually twisted ours into a bow.  Very similar. You will love how easy they are to make. The orange was a wonderful change, this ones a keeper!

34 comments:

Art By ASM said...

Ciao Claudia! These bring back so many memories! Thanks for the happy thoughts! These are so great! One of my favorite Italian treats! I love making them into knots and also the "angel wing" way. You're making me want some. I use to always get them from my Aunt because she had a bakery. Now she closed it after decades due to my uncle and my father passing a year apart from eachother. Have an awesome weekend!

Tanti Baci,
Annamaria

Anonymous said...

Wandi cookies! Sometimes spelled Guandi for some reason. Yes, we tied them in a bow, too. Tasty!

Teri

Dzoli said...

Those look fantastic.I have seen them before but there was no recipe with it:)

Federica said...

What good are Galani, they make me think of the Carnival. Your version with orange juice is very special, I had never heard before. Bye, have a great Sunday

Lenia said...

They must be yummy!xxx

Curt said...

These look so nice and crispy and sweet.

I've enjoyed learning about the different regions and associated dishes from Italy from yours and a couple other blogs.

Greg said...

So simple, but I bet they are awesome.

Swathi said...

we have similar version called Shankarpali. we make sweet and salt version. and we won't add any orange juice. Looks delicious crispy and additictive

Pilar.Cook and Spoon said...

So easy and delicious at the same time. I shall try your recipe. Besos.

kathy said...

Hey hey hey thanks for the mention Claudia. Love the cookies. My grandma did the wine in them too. Orange sounds refreshing!

how did the white wheat flour work out for you? I like it. Been using 50-50 method in most of my baking.

Angie's Recipes said...

So crunchy and delicious! Can't wait to try it!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love these! My father's aunts used to make them when I was little. So good.

Tina said...

The cookies do look delicious and it is neat that you can make them with different flavor variations. They also make for a nice presentation for entertaining. thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Congratulations on your wins. The cookies sound wonderful and I'm going to try to find some time to make them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Claudia said...

You are so sweet Claudia - to be cooking from the book already. And speaking of sweet - I will need to try these. I make mine simply with vanilla and the orange does intrigue. Don't you love how all regions have variations on the same theme?

Vicki Bensinger said...

Congrats on your 2 winnings. What a crispy little cookie. I like the orange flavor in these Cookies, I bet it really stands out.

Drick said...

now how great would that be to have a family bakery... like these too, with the orange I mean, bet it makes 'em incredible irresistible

Joanne said...

The sugar wands look so good. A perfect tea time treat.
Don't you just love winning cook books? We all have so many but that is never enough so when we win one, we get excited without the guilt of buying (yet another) cook book. Lucky you. It looks like a good one.

Reeni said...

Yay for winning the book and flour! I love these scrumptious fried treats!

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, My mom used to make the fried bow-ties. Oh, I just loved them. Sometimes she would dip them in honey and sprinkles or just the powdered sugar. Either way I just loved these cookies. Yours look wonderful. You are such a good cook!!! Blessings, Catherine xo

Wendy @ AMFT said...

These sounds great! My kids would love, love, love these! Thanks for sharing.

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Winelady Cooks said...

Hi Claudia, Oh these bring back such beautiful memories for me. My grandmother and mother always made these at the holidays and we always enjoyed them with our cousins for snacks when the adults were having their 'black' coffee.

Thanks for sharing, your recipes always evoke wonderful memories from my childhood.

Joanne

Elisabeth said...

Congrats on the great winnings!
Such a traditional holiday treat, from my childhood, as well! Brings back years of fond memories. Fantastico, veramente:DDD

healthyfoodietravels said...

These look delicious! I had them back when I was in Venice, and mmmm. To die for! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

Parsley Sage said...

I grew up on these! My Auntie Anna was a pro at fried cookies :) I miss them! Buzzed

Lizzy said...

These look fabulous, Claudia! My girlfriend's mom used to make these each Christmas...in bows...so yummy! I'd love to try them :)

Grubarazzi said...

LOVE!

FOODESSA said...

During the holidays...I'm addicted to the ones my MIL makes. I also like this orange version...sounds delicious ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Amalia said...

These look so simple but so delicious! I love it :)

nazarina said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! This is perfect for the upcoming Holidays! This cookie will put "Santa" in a very good mood!

Jay said...

congrats on your great winnings..
recipe sounds scrumptiously tasty..
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Anonymous said...

I am from Schenectady NY and my grandmother used to make these.n I wonder if we know the same people. My email is lawgi2@yahoo.com. Ciao. Jonathan Desrochers

Baker Street said...

These look so crunchy. Absolutely divine. :)

Asmita said...

Wow, these look amazing! Really want them with my tea now.