This Sunday, March 25th, is Waffle Day in Sweden — that’s right, we have a whole day dedicated to delicious, delicious waffles. We’re very excited, so we thought we’d share our excitement with you lovely people and perhaps inspire you to bake some tasty treats to share with your friends.
Waffle Day? Seriously?
It won’t come as a surprise to our Swedish friends, but for those from around the world it can seem pretty weird that an entire country has a day dedicated to celebrating baked goods. But waffles are just the start — we also have days reserved for cinnamon buns, chocolate balls and semla buns. If that sounds like too much decadence for you remember we also live by the principle of lagom — everything in moderation!
Waffle Day, or Våffeldagen, actually started as a misunderstanding. Legend has it that the tradition came about as a result of the fact that mumbling Swedes kept mispronouncing “Vårfrudagen” (Our Lady’s Day), and then decided that a day all about eating waffles sounded pretty good. Some have suggested that it was a deliberate attempt by Swedish protestants to annoy Catholics, but either way, nowadays most families will be sitting down on Sunday with a plate (or two) full of waffles.
How do I get involved?
Considering how many of our Panion members love baking and cooking, you’re bound to find someone to split a waffle with. There are plenty of recipes out there but we’re going to keep it simple. We recommend serving these with a huge heap of whipped cream and jam — preferably cloudberry — but you can add whatever you want. Norwegians like to add sliced brown cheese to their waffles. We’re not judging.
Makes 7–8 waffles
150g butter, melted
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla sugar (optional)
250ml whole milk
1. Turn on the waffle iron to heat up.
2. Mix all the ingredients together to a smooth batter.
3. Brush the waffle iron with a little bit of butter then add a ladle full of batter. Leave to cook until golden brown and crispy, remove and serve immediately.
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-Dan, Waffle Enthusiast, Panion, Inc.