it’s officially summer.
what does that call for?
thanksgiving time, people! it’s time
to give thanks.
to my teachers, in particular.
okay, i admit it, i don’t feel particularly
gratuitous and grateful and
“oh, you were a wonderful teacher who
inspired me to become the greatest
but let’s be honest here.
i am a suckup.
i like to bake.
i like to look for excuses for baking.
so what better excuse to pull out some
fancy-pants recipe i spotted a couple weeks ago?
granted, it’s not that fancy-pants
but it’s fancy-pantsier than the usual…
y’know. oreo blondie.
(notice that biscotti aren’t on that list.
i think i’m going to lay off biscotti for a while.)
i used this recipe for benne wafers
from she wears many hats.
now… i have to admit, it wasn’t the best in the world.
because the first time i made them,
i made the batter on monday night and
had no time to bake them.
i had tuesday off school, but we went to the expo.
(which i think sucks, by the way. gosh.)
and “i decided” to bake them up late that night.
why the quotation marks in “i decided”?
well, i decided, but i didn’t bake them.
i came upstairs and became lazy and kept putting it off
so my mother, in all her good intentions,
rationed out the batter into 35 perfect circular drops
and stuck it in the oven.
she did notice, however, that the batter was very, very
that’s right, kids.
it spread. and covered the entire pan.
i was not a happy camper, for several reasons.
- they spread. did i mention that?
- when i dug them up from the pan, the bottom of the pan was slick with oil. or melted butter.
- i had to cut them into ugly rectangular shapes.
- they weren’t wafers, they were pieces of sticky, greasy, floppy… lace cookies.
- they were tasty, though. perhaps too tasty, because once i decided i couldn’t present them to my teachers, i proceeded to binge on them. it’s been happening a bit more often lately, except with one difference: i can’t seem to find the energy to care and obsess over binging anymore. so i ate. until my tummy ached. damn.
F is for fail.
F is also for flop.
so the next day, the wednesday, i remade them.
but with a TON of modifications.
- the recipe called for 6 tbsp of butter. therefore, i had 2 tbsp left. that’s right, kids. i thirded the butter. is that even a word? thirded?
- my mother said that the recipes for “lace cookies” called for more egg whites than egg yolks. so i beat in an extra egg white for moisture.
- it turned out a little too moist, so i added lots of flour to even it out. it was probably close to 1/4 to 1/3 cups extra of flour.
- i reduced the sugar. i can’t remember by how much, but again it was at the insistence of my mother.
i hoped, and prayed, that it would work.
i tested out a first batch, which i ended up
burning a little.
have i mentioned before that my oven is sucky?
only the top flame works.
therefore, i often get overcooked tops,
and undercooked bottoms.
but no fear! with the advice of my wise mother,
(who, by the way, used to bake a lot, which explains
her wiseness when it comes to cooking.)
i heated up the second sheet pan in the oven so that
there would be some residual heat from the pan that
cooked the cookies from the bottom, and
placed the sheet at the lower third of the oven.
if i felt that the cookies weren’t browning enough,
i moved the rack up.
it worked like a charm, if i do say so myself.
well… maybe i could have let it brown
just a little more on top?
or flipped it over, and baked it upside down?
but never mind. i was about the package them anyway.
i had to choose between these four adorable
purchased: from japan.
oh. how i love japan and how gimmicky and cutesy they get.
i chose this one:
(i forgot to take a picture of them actually packaged up.
they were cute. maybe too much so.
let’s leave it at that.)
now today, was a good, but lazy day.
i stayed at home for all but maybe 10 minutes.
it felt nice.
i thought that summer holiday would mean
less baking/cooking, but guess what i made today?
i made hummus.
because my sister was craving them.
vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing.
sadly, my cupcake attempt was pretty half-assed.
i’ll post about them tomorrow, because
it is 2.45am over here in El Chino, and
i have to get up early tomorrow in 6 hours.
gosh. i thought that summer holiday would mean
more sleep. (i actually took a nap today.)
i should make sleep a priority for now…
plus all that summer camp stuff.
but i’m getting off topic.
here is the recipe: (modifications in red)
Benne Wafer Recipe (makes about 50, approximately 2″ wafers) (actually, they made about half that amount)
recipe from She Wears Many Hats
adapted from Charleston Receipts
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour + 1/4 to 1/3 cup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
- In a sauté pan or skillet, toast sesame seeds over medium heat until brown. Stir occasionally to avoid scorching. Let cool.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the brown sugar and butter together.
- Add the beaten egg to the sugar/butter mixture, and combine well.
- Next, sift the flour, salt and baking powder together, add it to the mix and combine until just smooth.
- Finally add the vanilla and toasted sesame seeds and mix well.
- On a foil, parchment or silicon baking mat lined baking sheet, drop teaspoons of batter, spaced apart to allow for spreading.
- Bake in a 375°F oven for approximately 12-13 minutes, until browned.
- Let cool for about a minute on baking sheet before removing to cool on rack.
How would you modify this recipe further? I don’t know if it was imprecise measuring on my part or just a bad recipe, but… I honestly think that mine were better. Sorry :(
Also, I’m thinking about making a recipe page. But only if you found my recipes useful… I mean, I modify them crazily all the time, and I’m not a great source for recipes… but it was mighty hard trying to find those old posts with the cryptic titles I have.
Do you find my cryptic titles annoying?? I do, actually. Next time I’ll write a title DIRECTLY relevant to my post. (Or maybe I’ll just do that for recipe posts. I’m changing the title of this post right now.)