• Fortune Cookies and Eliza Leslie's 'Secrets' with hidden messages

    28 days ago - By Researching Food History

    Kata irons made a 19th century Japanese cookie, a precursor to the Fortune Cookie. More information - including a nice slide show - available at the links below. Thin wafers rolled into cylinders or cones.
    And the Secrets? Wrap nuts or sweets with a verse on a paper in colorful glazed paper.
    SECRETS. -Take glazed paper of different colours, and cut it into squares of equal size, fringing two sides of each. Have ready, burnt almonds, chocolate nuts, and bonbons or sugar-plums of various sorts; and put one in each paper with a folded slip containing two lines of verse; or what will be much...
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  • Wafers, Gaufres, Cornets, Cones & wafer irons on a stove

    Wafers, Gaufres, Cornets, Cones & wafer irons on a stove

    28 days ago - By Researching Food History

    1630s thin "wafer biscuits" , "Fine French Wafers", "gaufres Cigarettes," Cornet or Horn Gaufres were baked in thin wafer irons and eaten flat or rolled.
    The thin flavored batter was poured into hot wafer irons then heated over coals on hearth, oven , brazier or 'stove'. A later stove with wafer irons was illustrated in the 1874 cookbook by Gaufres. A few recipes from 1724 and 1796 to the 19th century are given. Shape when done: roll hot wafer around a rolling pin or knife to make the shape as seen in the first painting or to make a cone filled with whipped cream.
    Cornet, or Horn, Wafers...
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