rainy days are back again: benne wafers

benne wafers | everybody likes sandwiches

It’s back on with the rain and the grey skies. My umbrella and rubber boots are ready by the door – and I’m sure I’ll be needing them soon. It kinda figures that with this weather comes sad news. The truth is that I’m really bummed about Roger Ebert’s death. It seems so strange that someone who I’ve never met could have such an effect on me. When I was in school I’d stay up on Sunday nights to watch Siskel & Ebert. Actually, sneaking downstairs with the tv on low is how I watched it since it came on after midnight for some odd scheduling reason. I saw Wes Anderson’s film Bottle Rocket at the theater a week after seeing it reviewed on their show. Ebert alerted me to great and wonderful things. That tv show feuled my love of movies and when it came time to pick a major in university I went with Film Theory. While I didn’t really want to make movies, writing, reading and soaking up all I could about films was all I wanted to do. It didn’t give me a career nor did I expect it to, but I was happy with my choices. I know quite a few people who aren’t interested in studying films – they just watch and let the movie magic take over. But for me, digging in deep was what brings even greater joy and I can thank Roger Ebert for making me aware that it was possible to look at films differently and still find unabashed joy. Today, I watch movies constantly and I even write about them in short snippets on my tumblr blog.  I’m sure many of you have read Ebert’s last blog post (I still haven’t as I often like to save things for later like a treat), but I do love this piece, Roger loves Chaz.

benne wafers | everybody likes sandwiches

Anyway, onto cookies! Or benne wafers. These are a strange bird. For the past few months I’ve been craving Sesame Snaps, those snappy rectangles of sesame seeds held tight with sugar. While these aren’t those hippy snacks of my childhood, they do have lots of sesame flavour to love. They’re flat and thin as pancakes and I assumed that they’d be crispy like a wafer should be. Instead, these are chewy and have a slight bend. I liked them despite my initial preconceptions. They’re sweet and nutty and just lovely with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon.

benne wafers | everybody likes sandwiches

If you do try this recipe, make them smaller than I did. I think these would be even lovelier tiny! Instead of dropping a large spoonful of dough onto your cookie sheet, go with a small teaspoons worth.

10 comments to “rainy days are back again: benne wafers”

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    Charlotte   April 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I agree about Roger Ebert… he seems to have been around all my life and although I am happy he is not suffering it is hard to lose such a brave soul and brilliant mind!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   April 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I know, such a sad loss. I too, watched Siskel & Ebert on Sunday nights. I had a small black & white tv in my bedroom and would stay up late watching them duel it out. Ah, the memories…

    I grew up eating sesame snaps. They sold them at all the Greek supermarkets and bakeries in the Greek hood here. It was the one sweet thing I could eat during Lent, oh and halva too.

    Your version looks delicious! I have a bag of sesame seeds in my fridge waiting to be used in either granola or a wafer cookie. I’m thinking the sesame wafer trumps the granola right now.

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    Julie   April 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Ok, that’s just weird.. I’ve been noticeably craving sesame snaps (out of the blue) lately too. What gives? Benne wafers to the rescue!

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    Joanne   April 6, 2013 at 4:22 am

    You never know what’s really going to affect you or touch you deeply…and it is a sad loss.

    I’m always a fan of sesame-infused desserts. These cookies sound quite tasty.

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    vanillasugarblog   April 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I just hope he wasn’t in a lot of pain, you know?
    I’ve never heard of these, but being that I love pretty much all things food, I must try them.

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    Eileen   April 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Ooh, these do sound like the perfect snack with tea in the late afternoon, when you’re hungry but you know you shouldn’t actually eat anything big enough to soil your dinner. 🙂 I love the idea of a cookie entirely full fo sesame seeds!

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    Helen   April 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    This may be a silly question but can we substitute the kosher salt for a different kind of salt? And do you find that using kosher salt makes a difference to your cooking?

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    kickpleat   April 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Well said, Charlotte. It’s a sad day.

    Joanne, I love sesame snaps so much!! You should try these cookies, so good!

    Ha, too funny, Julie! These might ease your cravings!!

    Yes, I was surprised how I felt, Joanne. Sigh.

    Vanilla, I never heard of them either, but they’re definitely worthy 🙂

    Yes, Eileen, these are chock full of seeds!!

    Helen, I don’t use table salt for cooking because I think kosher salt (& sea salts) have a better flavour plus it has less sodium and larger salt crystals. You can most certainly add in regular table salt though!

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    Wizzy   April 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I love both the snaps and the wafers. When I make these i drizzle lines of chocolate over the top.

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    kickpleat   April 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Wizzy, sounds like a future plan!! Love the chocolate idea.

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