If you’ve ever heard of the word waffle, you’ll immediately think of Belgium as a start. That’s the classic location for getting some of the world’s best dessert foods. But a lesser-known, but equally good option is the Norwegian Waffle – a Christmas favorite for most Norwegians, with its heart shape, and sweet vanilla taste. It’s served as a snack, along with a table full of condiments. You won’t hesitate to try one, when you see a perfect stack on a plate. Plus, some would even say you haven’t visited Norway without trying one. It’s one of the best dishes you can get in this country.
What Makes a Norwegian Waffle?
The thin, heart-shaped style of the Norwegian Waffle is a key defining factor for the classic snack. It’s normally served with brown cheese and some homemade jams. You can also dip it in sour cream and cover it with honey. The taste is lighter than a Belgian waffle, and definitely healthier than the thick American slab styles found in diners across the US. A key requirement is that it is made by someone’s Norwegian grandma.
But, aside from eating it, it’s also the fun to make. Every house in Norway has a waffle maker. I guess that’s similar to having a rice cooker. So you don’t have to bother asking if they have one. More likely than not, you’ll find a reason or made up special occasion to eat these waffles. It’s hard to pass down the option to eat these things.
And for those not used to the kitchen, you don’t need any cooking skills to make a good waffle. All you do is get the waffle maker as hot as possible, brush some softened butter on the griddle, and pour in the batter till it gets to a nice, crispy, golden-brown color.
The ingredients are as follows:
An egg, whole milk, yogurt, vanilla, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and Norwegian butter.
Bananas, Nutella (Nugati), apples, any fruit jams, brown cheese, whipped cream.
Some non-traditional toppings:
Greek or Icelandic Yogurt, Orange slices, sliced pistachios, drizzle of honey.
Almonds, raisins, glogg mix
I’m pretty sure you can tell that this is my favorite dish in Norway. I’ve found that this is one of my favorites in terms of food in any country. I could live off of waffles for a while and not become sick of it. The most interesting part is that most people don’t even associate waffles with Norway, thus making it a lesser known treat.
Ingredients & Recipe:
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cut melted butter
Whisk these ingredients into a bowl and stir until well-mixed. Butter the waffle maker and pour a thin layer onto the griddle. Cook until golden brown.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serving Time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serving Size: About 6 waffles