If you know any Norwegians, or maybe you’ve been to Norway, then you know about waffles.
Norwegians love waffles. Love. With capital L. Probably captial O, V and E as well.
It’s basically a national dish. Everywhere you go, you will find waffles. Grabbing a coffee at a local café? Waffles. Skiing in the mountains and taking a break at the cafe in the middle of nowhere? Waffles. Invited home to someone on Sunday roast and dessert? Waffles.
There are Norwegians living all over the world, and they all go to the same place when they’re longing home. The seamen’s church. It’s a Norwegian church abroad where you can get married, see a priest and go if you’re having problems, but it’s so much more than that.
It’s a lifeline home. It’s a taste of Norway. Because they serve waffles with brown cheese. (Yes, brown cheese!)
The bond between a Norwegian abroad and their waffle is pretty strong and emotinal. The seamen’s church themselves have actually said that they have experienced people starting to cry when they see the waffle iron in the church!
The Norwegian waffle is different from the ones served in the rest of the world. Most places you get the thick Belgian waffles, served with confectioner’s sugar or chocolate sauce sprinkled over.
They’re wildly different. Those waffles are square, thick and actually made with yeast in the dough! Both flavour and texture is very different from the Norwegian waffle.
The Norwegian style waffle doesn’t have yeast, they’re made in heart shaped iron, they’re thin, and they’re served with brown cheese, strawberry jam and sour cream.
Of course there are probably as many different recipes for Norwegian waffles as there are Norwegian grandmas. The batter can handle lots of different flavours, like chocolate waffles, chai waffles, pink waffles, or regular waffles.
For this recipe, I wanted to try something I tried with pancakes before. Not that long ago I made some pancakes that had maple syrup in the batter. And they turned out to be the best pancakes I have ever tasted!
So I wanted to see if that would work in waffles as well. And they actually turned out pretty good!
You can serve them with brown cheese, jam and sour cream if you want to, but they are also really good served with fresh fruit and a little extra maple syrup on top! Here you go; delicious Norwegian waffles with maple syrup and buttermilk 🙂
Have you ever tried Norwegian waffles before? Tell me your story!
- 2 eggs
- 150 mls sugar
- 500 mls buttermilk or kefir milk
- 350 grams flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- Crack your eggs inn a bowl, and add the milk. Stir.
- Add the flour, remember to use a sieve to avoid lumps and get an airy batter.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, you can use more cardamom and vanilla if you want to.
- Let the batter rest for a while, preferably one hour.
- Make them in a waffle iron, and serve with fresh berries and maple syrup