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Oplatic (OBLATEN)

Are wafers. The Oblaten (german spelling) are used in church services. It is the bread in the Holy Communion; Lord's Supper. The wafers were served, in the middle ages, at the polish court during meatless days or at the end of of a meal with various confections and Malvasia wine . Because they are also contained sugar , the wafers were generally made by specialized confectioners and were therefore not only sweet but expensive. Part of the expense was the saffron and sugar. the large portion of the saffron came from regions borders the Black Sea.. The wafers were made with iron ornaments with various patters, that were pressed into the surface of the wafer. The Polish irons were normally round, although rectangular in North Germany und Dutch types were also used in Gdansk and Pomerania. the images were generally religious. With different iron they would make wafers for funerals, weddings, and special religious feasts as for Easter or Christmas. For every day use the royal coat served wafers with the impression of the coat of arms. the wafer consisted of 1 cup of flour 1 cup of powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon saffron 4 egg whites 3-4 tablespoons rosewater perfectly wafer will be paper thin. In Germany some of the wafers have no impressions on them they have very thin colored pictures. they were very famous around 1860 in Germany. They were pretty , and bright pictures. They were at that time easier to make , they were covered with paper pictures , they were no more decorated with almonds and painted with colored sugar. Katharina Hines

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