I found myself in a situation last week when making the Swedish Sugar Cake. I kind of did that thing you are not supposed to do and didn’t read through the recipe. So come time to make the cake I didn’t have any vanilla wafers on hand. Now for some reason I was being particularly stubborn and really did not want to go into town to get a box of vanilla wafers. Will even offered to go pick up a box for me but I didn’t want him wasting his time on it. Oh how hindsight is 20/20! But we won’t get into that yet.
What is one of the first things I do when I’m out of something I need for a recipe? Improvise or see if I can make it myself. I could make homemade vanilla wafers! Internets to the rescue! I started by searching for “homemade vanilla wafers” but wasn’t finding anything promising. So I changed it to “vanilla wafers.” About halfway down the first page I notice a post from the blog Weelicious for exactly what I was looking for.
This caught my attention because I had been seeing some buzz on twitter and a few blogs posts about the release of the Weelicious cookbook. Now I had never heard of Weelicious before. This is probably due to the fact that I do not have little ones to feed. But because of the network of food bloggers I follow have already built up a sense of trust and a standard of quality with me through their writing and recipes, I knew I could trust their endorsement of Weelicious. My search for a good vanilla wafer recipe was over.
Be warned… it is hard to not eat a dozen at once. These are the real deal. Much softer than the store bought, only ever so slightly sweet, and are even better the day after you bake them. It kind of felt wrong pulverizing most of them in the food processor to use as crumbs. But that was kind of the whole point of making them.
So there you have it, amazing vanilla wafers. The sad part about this is that they proved to be a waste of time for the Swedish Sugar Cake. They just didn’t add much to the cake. But it isn’t a complete loss. I now have a great recipe for making vanilla wafers.
You can find the recipe over on Weelicious.com