Today, March 25th, Is Scandinavian Waffle Day

I know it seems like at least we Norwegians eat waffles just about every day, and for some of us, I won’t mention any names, that is pretty close to the truth. But we have actually had here in Scandinavia a special waffle day to day a lot longer than the rest of the world. The Waffle Day, that to day has become international, originates from Sweden, and the date is exactly nine months before Christmas, and the day when the Virgin Mary learned that she was pregnant with Jesus, also called Annunciation.

I think it would be very hard to find a shop dealing in electric goods here in Norway that doesn’t have on offer at least two or three different waffle irons. And these modern contraptions with red and green lights that tell you when the waffles are finished are probably nice for beginners and amateurs, but they are usually made of aluminium. old irons like this:

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are made of thick slabs of cast iron and they make the most delicious waffles. I’ve bought new ones several times, but after a while they end up in a cupboard somewhere and I get out the old cast iron one. I’ve made thousand of waffles, I started as kid and I don’t need blinking lights to tell me when a waffle is done. I even got one like this:

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that one can use on top of the oven or on a nice snack stop when hiking. And I must admit that I have made a lot of other things than waffles in that one. Great for bacon, chops, hot sandwiches and a lot of other things. But I can promise you one thing. Nothing, but nothing tastes better than waffles made on an open fire on a sunlit opening by a lake or a stream in the woods – Ted

And here’s how I make my waffles:

5 dl / 1 pint sour cream
4 eggs
2,5 dl / 0,5 pint flour
1 dl /  0,2 pint low-salt mineral water
2 tablespoons of cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon finely ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon finely ground allspice

Mix all into a smooth batter and let it rest for 15 minutes while the iron gets hot and you’re ready to start.

I admit that my batter is a little untraditional, most people use water and half a spoonful of salt instead of mineral water. But I have found that the mineral water makes a very nice and fluffy batter. Besides allspice is usually not used when making waffles here in Norway, but as you see, I do

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