Left over potatoes turn into delicious waffles with this recipe. The first waffle iron was probably developed in the Netherlands and Germany in the 1300s. Cakes fried in irons were among the first cakes made in Norway, besides cakes fried on flatt stones and griddles. The waffle irons had long handles to make the user able to keep the iron in the fire.
This recipe is from the book “From oldemor’s kitchen” (From Great Grandma’s Kitchen), published by Østfold Associated Country Women in 1998.
A recipe from “To Win New Cooking Fame – Just Add Waluts” published by Diamond Brand Walnuts in 1937
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.”
A Belgian specialty found in “Spesialiteter fra 30 Land” (Specialties from 30 Countries) by Annette Wolter published by Norsk Kunstforlag in 1977
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.
A dessert recipe found in “150 New Ways to Serve Ice Cream” published by Sealtest System Laboratories Inc in 1936
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.
A continental waffle recipe found in “Spesialiteter fra 30 Land” (Specialities from 30 Countries) av Annette Wolter utgitt av Norsk Kunstforlag in 1977
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
A classic Scndinavian waffle recipe found on aperitif.no
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.