Waffle Day on 25 March is a Swedish invention, and why it is celebrated rests on a misunderstanding. The day is the same as “Vårfruedag” – the day Virgin Mary learns that she is with child. “Vårfruedag” turned over time into “vaffeldag” Waffle Day in Sweden but also here in Norway, it was customary to celebrate “Vårfruedag” with cakes.
Although we feel an ownership to waffles here in Scandinavia, similar cakes are eaten most places in the world. They can be round or square, thick or thin – the heart-shaped waffles is however typical of Scandinavia. The first electric waffle iron was designed by General Electric and entered the market in 1911.
Makes: 8-10 waffles
Preparation time: 30 minutes
4 dl [0,8 pt] low fat milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 dl [0,2 pt] soy oil
150 g [5,3 oz] wholemeal flour, fine
200 g [7 oz] plain flour
juice of ½ lemon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 Mix all the ingredients, except for the apples to a smooth batter. Let the batter swell for at least 20 minutes.
 Just before baking the waffles grate the apples and mix them into batter. Bake the waffles in greased waffle iron until golden.
 Server the waffles with ice cream and fresh raspberries. Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon before serving.
 You can also use other types of berries, and sour cream and quark are good alternatives to the ice cream.