2019: G… A to Z Italian Famiglia Foods and Memories: Grandma Minnie’s Murzettes
I’m back for “year 4” of the A to Z… April Challenge!
My first year of this challenge had me racking my brain for a writing topic… especially as I didn’t quite understand the process. But finally I came up with 2016: Southern Foods and Memories. They said write what you know… and being a girl born in the South… well this was what I knew. 2017: Conversations with Mama was a somewhat easy one for me as I’d journaled our conversations for years so I researched some of my favorite topics to write on. 2018: All About Nancy Drew has been my favorite topic so far, and I don’t know if I’ll ever come up with another to equal it. It literally had me researching every day for over six months… researching, reading and perfecting every post. I was totally consumed with Nancy Drew for months… and still am! I didn’t want to “not” participate this year, but I was drawing a blank. Finally, mid February, I came up with writing on my husband’s Italian family foods and memories. I did my Southern foods the first year, so it was time to finally give his family their due! I’m also participating in the yearly 52 Ancestors 52 Stories this year… I am really feeling over-extended this month. April is a tough month for me, as we usually are traveling to my mother’s and my son in Florida… but somehow I’ll manage!
I think I can safely say that before marrying into an Italian family, I had never eaten any of the foods I’m blogging on this month… such an underprivileged child I was! Growing up in the South where we ate fried chicken, okra, black-eyed peas, butter beans, mashed potatoes, creamed style corn and southern biscuits! Oh My…!
Grandma Minnie’s Murzettes
(Biscotti type cookie)
I had never eaten any type of biscotti in Georgia before I married, or even heard of it… another new food for me… and I do love all types of biscotti with my coffee, but only American coffee for me. I’ve tried the Italian espresso, but I still have not acquired a taste for it… I don’t like strong coffee, but I do love dunking my biscotti in my coffee!
Grandma Minnie’s sister, Mary, gave me this recipe along with another one that has molasses in it. Minnie never wrote any of her recipes down… she had everything in her mind… and still had a sharp mind even at the end.
When Aunt Mary gave me the recipes, she told me that Minnie learned all her baking from Rosie, the neighbor who lived in the stone house up the hill, behind their farmhouse. Grandma Minnie never measured when she cooked… she just scooped up the flour, using her soup bowl dishes… and being the cook she was, she just knew how much to add.
Grandma Minnie had several Espresso sets… I’ve always loved those little teacups and feel honored that I was given one of her sets.
Murzettes was always Grandma Minnie’s “go to” dessert when anyone stopped by… out came a few simple ingredients and before you knew it, a dish of these tasty treats were on the table waiting for the coffee to finish perking. Grandma Minnie always sat next to the stove watching the coffee!
Grandma Minnie waiting for the coffee to perk!
I copied the recipe out of my cookbook I created many years ago and actually wrote the name wrong… I wrote it as I heard it, but I believe the name of Murzettes is correct… which means a biscotti type cookie. A name they used long, long ago!
Aunt Mary also gave me another of Grandma Minnie’s Murzette recipes, this one made with molasses.
Chocolate Murzette Cookie
This Murzette recipe Aunt Mary gave me also, and I’m thinking it’s in her actual handwriting… so much fun to have the recipes in their own writing. I see here that Mary wrote the name out as “Murzette.” And as usual, she liked to write out a shorter version for herself!
I thought this little poem went well with these recipes!
Take one large field, half a dozen children, 2
or 3 small dogs, a pinch of brook and some
pebbles. Mix the children and dogs well together;
put them in the field, stirring constantly.
Pour the brook over the pebbles,
sprinkle the field with flowers; spread over a
deep blue sky and bake them in the sun.
When brown, set away to cool in the bathtub.
(Sorry, but I do not know the author)
I must apologize that I have no photos of the Murzette cookies as I’m traveling… sick with bronchitis… and plans changed on additional cooking! Maybe when I feel better I will post photos. Do check back….
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