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Inge Bleier holds a stack of pizzelles bound for the Senior Citizens booth at Pepper Fest. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Pizzelles spell dessert at every Pepper Fest

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What do persons of Polish, Swedish, German and Irish descent have in common? They all gather the Wednesday before Pepper Fest to make the centuries' old Italian dessert pizzelles.


This year, five ladies including Maria Jensen, Carol McConaughey, Shirley Rehder and Inge Bleier made 420 pizzelles. Normally they each make a batch of batter at home and join forces in the basement of the Bethel Lutheran Church, using electric pizzelle irons to create the delicate wafers.

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