March 22, 2013

Våffel (Swedish Waffles)



Ingredients:
7 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup seltzer

freshly made whipped cream
jam

Directions:
Prep your waffle iron according to manufacturer instructions.

Using a mixer, blend together the flour and baking powder and then add the milk, cream and seltzer until well combined. While the mixer is going, add the butter in a continuous stream. Mix until well combined. Ladle on to the waffle iron and cook until done. Serve hot with fresh whipped cream and jam.
My thoughts:
When we got married we didn't have a wedding but my in-laws did throw us a party about a month later and invited all their friends and relatives. We hadn't registered anywhere but were told to just in case someone wanted to get us a present. We put this Villaware waffle iron on the list because it made heart-shaped waffles (what better excuse than getting married to ask for such a thing?) and used it a number of times but the waffles it makes are rather thin and we ended up buying a Belgian-style waffle maker that we use most often. Most American recipes seem to make big, fluffy waffles and they just work better in the Belgian-style waffler. The heart-shaped waffle iron was super cute, well-made and made great waffles so I always felt bad not using it more often. Well, as part of the journey through exploring Swedish food I put myself on, I came to realize that my skinny-waffle-making waffler was very, very similar (if not the same!) as the waffle irons that make Scandinavian-style waffles. Then I read about Våffeldagen, Swedish waffle day and the story behind the waffle eating* and finally had my excuse to break out my waffle iron once again. I found a lot of references to using Vichy water or other sparkling water in Swedish pancakes and since we have a Soda Stream, I thought I'd give it a shot. It makes a thin, light batter, perfect for the thin, light waffles I was hoping for. They had the perfect crispy outside and moist interiors. One note: do not stack these to keep warm, the bottoms do tend to get soggy. Instead, stick them directly on the rack in a cool or very low (200) oven in a single layer until ready to eat.



*Vårfrudagen or Annunciation is on March 25th. Vårfrudagen sounds like Våffeldagen when spoken aloud so it became a rather quirky tradition to eat waffles on this date each year in Sweden, home of many interesting food traditions.

3 comments:

  1. These waffles are so adorable :) I would've never imagined to use sparkling water in waffles, how interesting!

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  2. Delightful, Rachel! I have the same waffle iron - heart shaped waffles are my very favorite,too! Thanks for this recipe! I plan to make a bunch for Pamela's upcoming Bridal Shower. Thanks for your research and creativity!

    We look forward to seeing you on May 4th -- May the 4th be with YOU always!

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  3. We make similar waffles that are Norwegian & a slightly different recipe. My dad gave me an antique cast iron heart-shaped waffle iron to use...love it!

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