Våfflor (Swedish Waffles)
Serves: Makes about 12 waffles
Approx cost: €
Approx calories (per plain waffle): ~120
Approx preparation and cooking time: ~5 minutes preparation + ~4 minutes cooking per waffle
Aren’t weekends the greatest? To be honest, I wish they were three days long – one day to recover from work and catch up on chores, one day to go out, have fun, and then finally one day to unwind and prepare for the week ahead, but oh well – two days is what I get so I’ll have to make do Of all the weekend, sunday morning breakfasts are where it’s at, and yesterday I got to put my new waffle iron, a gift from my parents-in-law, to use. Swedish waffles are different in shape to the American-style ones I’ve seen on blogs in recent weeks. I’ve never tried the US ones so I couldn’t comment on the taste differences or similarities, but what I can say is that I love waffles! A typical Swedish waffle is usually quite flat, and consists of 4 heart-shapes, making up a circle. From reading up a bit about them they’re common in other European countries too, so there you go. In any case, they can come in cast-iron varieties for use over fires or stoves, or electric versions and you can whip up the cutest, most delicious breakfast using either variety.
If you want my tips on the best accompaniments for these waffles then I must say that, in my opinion, you can’t do better than cloudberry jam (buy this from IKEA if you’ve never heard of it… it will be either marked as simply “cloudberry jam” or “hjortronsylt”, the name in Swedish) and whipped cream. I had, alas no cloudberry jam in the house so I sufficed with gooseberry jam. I like to roll waffles up with cheese and butter as well, but my wife thinks that’s a bit too edgy.
The rest of Sunday was spent baking some flat bread (post to come soon!) and putting my new meat thermometer to use by roasting a nice joint of beef and making a fantastic gravy. Fennel roasted with lemon juice and baby potatoes rounded it all off nicely. How about you guys? Did you eat anything good on the weekend? Have a great Monday everyone – I’ll be back on Wednesday with a new recipe and of course to announce the winner of the giveaway, and then will return again on Saturday with more photo fun and the second giveaway! It’s gonna be a fun week!
- 220g Plain Flour
- 650 ml Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Salt
- ~1 tbsp Oil for brushing the waffle iron
You’ll also need
- A Waffle Iron
- Start off by whisking the eggs and salt together and then whisk in a bit of the flour, followed by a bit of the milk. Whisk until smooth and then add more flour, then milk, and so forth, until everything has been whisked into an airy, smooth batter.
- Heat the waffle iron and brush with the oil, before pouring in enough batter to just coat the bottom plate. Close up the iron and cook for about 3 minutes or so, or until the waffles have a wonderful golden colour.
- Carefully remove from the iron and serve them out while still hot with toppings of your choice – whipped cream, jam, fresh berries, butter and sugar etc. Enjoy!