Tudor Recipes: Wafers

Edward VIWafers: A seemingly humble foodstuff, and the only dish which we can say with certainty was served at Prince Edward’s christening. I’ve had a hankering for these royally favoured biscuits since I started this section of the blog, so I’ve finally decided to dig out a recipe for Tudor wafers.

Wafers in Tudor times were made specially by the Yeomen of the Wafery, in a section of the kitchen known as the ‘Wafery’. This was a warm, dry room which would be found near the other confectionery sections. Wafers were considered to be a high-status food, whose production involved specialist skills, and great speed and heat. These wafers were very similar to the type you fond in modern ice-cream cones.

You will need:Plate

  • Flour;
  • Sugar (not too much);
  • Cinnamon;
  • Water;
  • Eggs.

For this recipe, you’ll need a wafer iron (sort of like a smaller waffle iron). This is a cooking implement consisting of two pieces of metal between which the wafer is cooked. A waffle iron should also work, although the wafers will be much larger and thicker.

wafer ironCreating your Wafers:

  1. Mix your ingredients to make your batter.
  2. Heat your wafer/waffle iron. This would have been done over a charcoal brazier or fire, but you should just follow the instructions on your device!
  3. Put some batter in your iron and spread it out. Close the iron and squeeze hard!
  4. Your first one may well get burned. Just keep trying until you make your perfect wafer.
  5. Cut your wafer into a circle using a cup.

Wafers would have been served with wine and spices, so try playing around with combinations and see how yours work out!

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