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My boyfriend is looking for a type of cracker/cookie used in layered cakes/desserts he had as a child in either Switzerland or France. He says it was round, flat but wavy and bubbly, and not very sweet. I guessed pizzelli or some type of crepe, but he says it's something else. Any ideas?

asked by taxine over 6 years ago
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added over 6 years ago

That sounds a lot like a water biscuit to me. How large are the crackers he remembers? Is he looking for them to eat as one would a cracker, or to use in a dessert recipe? ;o)

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added over 6 years ago

Hmm... I think they were probably just a bit smaller than a standard 9 inch cake, maybe a bit smaller even. I wonder if there are water crackers that big.
And he just wants to eat them plain, haha.

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added over 6 years ago

Is it a Gaufrette? I've had cakes layered with them before, so it could be a possibility! Good luck in your search!!

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added over 6 years ago

In the time around carniva here in Switzerlandl, they have something called Fasnachtsküchlein (Carnival cookies) or maybe Chnüblätz. There's a recipe here: http://www.about.ch/culture... but around carnival time you see them in all the supermarkets. They are saucer-sized or maybe small plate sized, and very bubbly and wavy. They themselves are not so sweet but they're usually sprinkled with powdered sugar. Also, I never had any kind of layered dessert with them, so I don't know if that's what he means. Unfortunately, I live in the German-speaking part of Switzerland so I don't know what they are called in French.

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added over 6 years ago

My ancestors came from the French speaking part of Switzerland that borders France. They made something we called "knee patches" It reminds me of a large corn flake. You roll the dough out to about 7 inch circle's and then deep fat fry them. Back in the day the women stretched the dough over their knees....hence the name. They are not sweet, but we sprinkle them with either powdered sugar or sugar and cinnamon.

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