Wafers with walnut brittle cream

by | Apr 30, 2021 | Desserts

The hometown of wafers known today is Vienna where the first official recipe was created by Joseph Manner in 1898. He laid the foundations for the worldwide success of this sweet by inventing the Neapoliter Wafer, a 5 layer biscuit filled with hazelnut cream.

Neapoliter became popular quickly in the Monarchy, and the first bakehouses offering wafers with different fillings appeared in Hungary after the turn of the century. Hungary’s oldest and biggest, still existing wafer manufactory is Ziegler Trade Ltd, a family business, which has been making wafers since 1953.

In Hungary you can buy unfilled wafer sheets almost in every store, so we usually don’t bother with making the dough if we would like to eat homemade wafers. The following recipe comes from my maternal grandmother who often made these wafers for special occasions. The filling is made of walnut brittle, which is creamed with eggs and butter.

Since these wafers contain perishable ingredients, they have to be stored in the fridge, and for this reason they are soft and melt in your mouth. Don’t expect them to be as crisp and dry as store-bought wafers.

Wafers with walnut brittle cream
Wafers with walnut brittle cream – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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