Wafers: 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:
- Sugar (not too much);
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.
Creating your Wafers:
- Mix your ingredients to make your batter.
- 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!
- Put some batter in your iron and spread it out. Close the iron and squeeze hard!
- Your first one may well get burned. Just keep trying until you make your perfect wafer.
- 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!