Recipes from The Central African Republic: Benne Wafers

Recipes from The Central African Republic

Benne Wafers

Country: The Central African Republic
Course: Dessert
Makes: 18 to 24 wafers


  • 1 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder


  1. Heating oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat a dry pan over a medium flame and add the sesame seeds, stirring constantly until they start to turn a light shade of brown. Remove them from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.
  3. Mix all the rest of the ingredients together and add the sesame seeds.
  4. Grease a baking sheet. Drop the dough by half-teaspoons onto the sheet, making sure to keep two or three inches between each wafer.
  5. Bake for 5-6 minutes, or until the edges of each wafer start to brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.