Salted Benne Wafers
African slaves introduced sesame seeds into this country as "bennes."
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup lard or shortening
- 1/4 pound butter, chilled, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Toast sesame seeds until golden brown in a skillet or slow oven,
4 to 8 minutes.
- Mix flour with the seasonings. Work in lard and butter with your
fingertips as if making pie crust.
- Beat egg with 2 tablespoons ice water. Mix flour and liquid lightly
with a fork. Add sesame seeds and more water, if needed, to make dough barely stick together. Put dough
into a plastic bag and shape it into a long roll about 1 inch wide. The easiest shape is a squared roll.
- Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
- Cut roll into 1/4-inch slices and place them on a baking sheet. They
will not spread, so you can place them close together.
- Bake at 325 degrees F on top rack of oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle them with sea salt while still warm.
Yield: about 30 wafers
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