I found the sourdough process kind of exhausting for a while and needed to do something less challenging and different. So I bought a Waffle iron. Amazon has everything – even the Scandinavian type of waffle maker with an American electric plug.
It’s been a while since I’ve made waffles, but I do remember it being very simple and a great “slump and plump” recipe – take what you have of leftover milk products and mix with some flour, eggs and sugar. So that’s exactly what I did, with some help from the younger generation.
I like to add a little whole wheat to recipes when I can – a little added nutrition never hurts, as long as it doesn’t ruin the final taste. I wouldn’t add whole wheat to a chocolate cake – but waffles do very well with the healthy addition. Here’s what I scrambled together for breakfast this weekend:
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cup liquid, e.g.:
3/4 cup greek yoghurt or sour cream +
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 cup melted butter
- Beat eggs and sugar fluffy
- Stir in the liquid
- Mix all the dry ingredients separately and then add to the batter, stirring until smooth
- Leave the batter to settle for min 1/2 hour
- Add the melted butter just before baking
- Plug in the iron and follow the instructions for your particular model and taste. Mine takes about 1/2 cup batter to fill the 5 heart waffle plate, and it cooks at approximately 90 sec.
- Cool waffles slightly on a rack before serving – still warm.
Waffles taste nice on it’s own, but they get even better accompanied by e.g. berries, greek yoghurt and a dash of honey (for the healthy version) or sour cream and strawberry jam (for the traditional version) or with some Norwegian brown goat cheese. Or anything you ever dreamed of putting on your pancakes …
I had the pleasure of sharing our waffle tradition at my son’s preschool last week. They had “international week” and asked parents if they wanted to share some of their cultural backgrounds with the kids. Well, eating waffles is a pretty established part of Norwegian culinary culture I’d say. And it certainly did the trick – fun cooking activity for the kids, nice smell and they all got pretty full.
I'm Currently living in Florida, USA, but I'm Norwegian born and bred. At the moment I enjoy baking bread and blogging about it. I enjoy blogging in general, because I like writing. But I'm trained as an illustrator, originally ... in England. One day I'll write a book. About bread. And illustrate it myself. Maybe. Life will see.