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the food timeline: history notes--cookies, crackers & biscuits

The Food Timeline: history notes--cookies, crackers & biscuits

Benne wafers Food historians tell us benne/sesame seeds were introduced to colonial-era America by West African slaves. The traditional use in that region was as a thickener for soups and stews. Not cake or candy. Confections composed of seeds and nuts originated in the Middle East (think: Medieval halva & brittle).Europeans overlayed local culinary traditions creating comfits and seed cakes

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