I will go visiting my aunt’s house during Eid just purely for her homemade Love Letters. Her late mother in law was an expert in making these. She used to have a good “following” of people ordering Love Letters from her for various festive events. Eid, Chinese New Year, Christmas, etc. Her son, my aunt’s husband, learned to make them as well and these are made by him.
To make this, you need asbestos hands and must be able to literally “take the heat”.
The Love Letters iron is pretty interesting. It is like a pair of huge scissors with flat pans at the end. I supposed like an Italian pizzelle iron. The batter is added on the pans and then clamped together and put on the heat (stove or grill). When it is cooked, remove it from the pan and while it is still hot, roll it with your hands into a cigar shape. Then put it aside and it will harden and become crispy as it cools.
So it is imperative to have the skill to roll it as soon as it is out of the pan. If not, you will not be able to roll it. Oh well, it will be an Italian pizzelle in that case. Lol! But some people just folded the love letter over into a triangle shape. Whatever shape you like, it is still soooo good.
I personally do not know how to make these. Those few times when I bought them for Eid are all factory-made. No contest when compared that to these. Homemade wins hands down!
-hazrock, a stash of old love letters in my store room