Walnu Waffles / Valnøttvafler

A recipe from “To Win New Cooking Fame – Just Add Waluts”
published by Diamond Brand Walnuts in 1937

Walnu Waffles / Valnøttvafler

To serve 2 or 3, make half this recipe. A delightful variation is to leave the walnut kernels out of the batter, and sprinkle a teaspoonful on each section of the waffle after pouring into the iron. The walnuts become deliciously crisp and “toasty.”



Potato Waffles with Smoked Salmon / Kartoffelvafler med Røget Laks

A fun way to serve potatoes found on soendag.dk 
Potato Waffles with Smoked Salmon / Kartoffelvafler med Røget Laks

A fun and delicious way to serve potatoes!

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Sundae Supreme

A dessert recipe found in “Whitman’s Chocolate Cookbook”
published by Whitman’s Chocolates Division,
Pet Incorporated in 1987

Sundae Supreme

The Sundae ( /ˈsʌndeɪ, ˈsʌndi/) is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, peanuts, maraschino cherries, or other fruits (e.g., bananas and pineapple in a banana split.).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure; however, it is generally accepted that the spelling “sundae” derives from the English word “Sunday”.

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Oat Bran ‘n Ginger Waffles / Havre og Ingefær Vafler

A dessert recipe found in “Quaker Oats Brand Cookbook”
published by The Quaker Oats Company in 1989

Oat Bran ‘n Ginger Waffles / Havre og Ingefær Vafler

Enjoy the sweet aroma of these waffles with the healthful
benefit of oat bran. Top with fresh fruit.

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Sour Cream Waffles / Rømmevafler

A breakfast recipe found  in “The New Sealtest Book of
Recipes and Menus” published by  Sealtest Inc in 1940Sour Cream Waffles / Rømmevafler

A rather surprising waffle recipe for scandinavians who do not serve waffles for breakfast, but more like we would serve cakes. A waffle recipe without sugar or other sweetening would of course then seem a little strange to us.

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Gaufres Bruxelloises – Brussels Waffles / Brüsselvafler

A Belgian specialty found in “Spesialiteter fra 30 Land”
(Specialties from 30 Countries) by Annette Wolter
published by Norsk Kunstforlag in 1977

Gaufres Bruxelloises – Brussels Waffles / Brüsselvafler

In Belgium  there are several kinds of waffles, including the Brussels waffles and the Liège waffles.

In North America, they are often eaten as a breakfast food; toppings vary from whipped cream, confectioners sugar, soft fruit, and chocolate spread, to syrup and butter or margarine. They may also be served with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit (such as strawberries) as a dessert.

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Butter Pecan Gaufrettes / Krokan Gaufrettes

A dessert recipe found in “150 New Ways to Serve Ice Cream” published by Sealtest System Laboratories Inc in 1936Butter Pecan Gaufrettes / Krokan Gaufrettes

Waffles are usually dismissed at the breakfast table as “mere waffles” in the US. To the French, who have a way of glorifying things, they are also widely used as part of the dessert, and are called “gaufrettes,” which is rather glorified in sound, and glorious to taste.

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Belgian Gaufres Bruxelloises – Brussels Waffles / Brysselervafler

A continental waffle recipe found in “Spesialiteter fra 30 Land”
(Specialities from 30 Countries) av Annette Wolter
utgitt av Norsk Kunstforlag in 1977
Belgian Gaufres Bruxelloises – Brussels Waffles / Brysselervafler

Every country if not every county has got their own waffle recipe here in Europe. This one from Brussels feature grated lemon peel and yeast which will make them fluffy and give them a fresh taste – Ted

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Wholemeal Waffles with Oats / Grove Vafler med Havregryn

A slightly surprising waffle recipe found on  nrk.no
Wholemeal Waffles with Oats / Grove Vafler med Havregryn

You do not have to bring a waffle iron on camping. You can
fry the waffles on the camp fire in the frying pan.

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Apple Waffles With Ice Cream And Raspberries / Eplevafler Med Is Og Bringebær

A classic Scndinavian waffle recipe found on aperitif.no
Apple Waffles With Ice Cream And Raspberries / Eplevafler Med Is Og Bringebær

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.


Warm Raspberry Soup with Pear Salad and Waffles / Varm Bringebærsuppe med Pæresalat og Vafler

A great dessert soup recipe found on kiwi.noVarm bringebærsuppe med pæresalat og vafler_post

Extend the summer feeling a little with this fresh
and varm raspberry soup.

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Crispy Waffles with Cream / Sprø Vafler med Fløte

A recipe from “Det Gode Norske Kjøkken”
(The Good Norwegian Kitchen) published by Gyldendal in 1981
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traditional badge baking_flatMost Norwegians are crazy when it comes to waffles. Very few Norwegians’ homes are without a waffle iron of some sort. I’ve got three, one old fashioned cast iron one of the type you use on the oven top, one electric cast iron one I bought at a jumble sale donkey’s years ago and on new one with non-stick coating. I hardly ever use the new one, but the old electric made of cast iron. It simply make the best waffles.

And Norwegian eat waffles other places than at home too. Around here you don’t run much of a café if you don’t have a large plate full of freshly fried waffles on your counter. Kids love them, grown-ups love them and old people love them –Ted


Barley Flour Waffles With Grated Apples And Maple Syrup / Byggmelsvafler Med Revne Epler Og Maple Syrup

A recipe from “Den Nye Maten” (The New Food) published by Aschehoug in 1979


My first waffle recipe to day was rather decadent, so if you like your waffles healthier and more wholesome this is the recipe for you. “The New Food” was one of the first cook books in Norwegian that managed to make healthy food look tempting, even delicious. Other cook books on the theme had been published earlier of course, we’re not all born behind the barn you know 😉 . On the other hand, these books had a certain old schoolbook feel to them and the pictures in them made the food look dull and unappetizing.


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Almond Waffles With Strawberry Cream / Mandelvafler Med Jordbærkrem

A recipe from the recipe pages on droetker.no

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traditional badge2Waffles are the staple food of the Norwegian coffee table. Few Norwegian homes are without a waffle iron, I got 3 myself. 942_vaffeljernOne modern one that I hardly ever use, an old cast iron one that I bought at a jumble sale 30 years ago and almost always use and a cast iron one with long handles that one use on the top of the oven that are at least a hundred years old and once belonged to my grandmother.

Besides, you don’t run much of a café here in Norway if you haven’t got a large plate of waffles fresh out of the iron on your counter. Loved by everyone from old grannies to small children, eaten either as they are, in more stylish variation as on the image above or buttered with jam or Norwegian goat cheese.


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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:


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:


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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