In honor of today, syttende mai or the "17th of May", I'm making one of my all-time favorite Norwegian treats - vaffler. These aren't the American style waffles that are eaten at breakfast with maple syrup. Rather, these are soft and pliable and eaten as a snack.
You'll find vaffler all over Norway: at the 7-11 convenience store, coffee shops and even the airport, but I like homemade ones the best. My Norwegian family loves to eat their waffles with brunost, a sweet brown goat cheese, but I prefer mine with a little dollop of Nora raspberry jam.
The batter comes together super quickly and you MUST use a heart-shaped waffle iron. The recipe calls for cardamom which is used throughout Nordic baking and gives the waffles a truly authentic taste.
GRATULERER MED DAGEN!!!
1 1/2 cup milk
3 large eggs
1/2 cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon Norwegian vanilla sugar/vaniljesukker (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
Whisk together sugar, milk, egg and melted butter. Add the flour, baking powder and cardamom and whisk until there are few lumps. Add in the vanilla sugar or vanilla extract.
Heat waffle iron and pour 1/3 cup batter onto waffle iron. Cook until the waffle is golden brown.
Serve with brown cheese or jam.