Benne Wafers

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2 to 3

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah: Dining at Home in the Lowcountry

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1997

  • About

Benne wafers are of two types in the lowcountry—sweet and salty. These savory ones are spiced with hot pepper. Serve them with drinks before dinner.


  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon


Preheat the oven to 300°F. Sift the flour, salt, and cayenne together into a mixing bowl, then cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it is evenly incorporated and there are no large lumps. Gradually add the ice water until the dough just holds together, then add the