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
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.
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.