Happy Waffle Day!
If you've ever been to Sweden you will know that Swedish people love waffles. They seem to eat them most days but on March 25th they officially celebrate Våffeldagen (Waffle Day). It is thought that way back in the 15th century waffle day began by accident when Vårfrudagen (Our Lady's Day) which is also celebrated on the 25th March was misheard as Våffeldagen.
It came to represent the beginning of Spring and the start of crop sowing. Originally Swedish waffles would have been rectangular and cooked between two rectangular plates over an open fire. Now they tend to be circular, divided into five hearts and cooked in a waffle making machine. This recipe is brought to you by our very own brand ambassador for Salt-Water in Scandinavia - thank you Elisabeth!
WHAT YOU NEED
200g white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
And a waffle machine
WHAT YOU DO
Melt the butter and cool.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Mix the milk and eggs with the melted butter and add to the flour mix. Whisk together until you have a smooth batter.
Heat the waffle iron and brush with butter before adding a ladleful of batter, about 100ml. I like putting slightly less in as I like the edges of my waffles crispy and you get that effect when it doesn't go all the way out to the edges of the waffle iron.
After a minute check if the waffle is browning, it should be golden brown on the the top. It usually takes about 1 - 2 minutes.
Leave them on a cooling rack so they stay crispy around the edges. Serve with whipped cream, fresh berries or jam. Ice cream is also delicious on warm waffles. You can also find it served with the very traditional Cloud berry jam which is a bit of a delicacy. And Swedes always have their waffles with black coffee.
It's also quite traditional to serve them with sour cream or creme fraiche, gravad lax or smoked salmon and chopped red onion. Fish roe is also very nice to add on top.
And a secret insider tip for extra crisp and fluffy waffles is to substitute 100ml of milk for fizzy water.
Happy Waffle Day from Salt-Water Europe x