Celebrating International Waffle Day

By Monica Shaw •


March 25th marks International Waffle Day, a tradition with Swedish origins which is now celebrated around the world.  Great British Chefs blogger Monica Shaw helps us prepare for the day by sharing her favourite waffle recipe.  She also looks at a number of ways we can enjoy the humble waffle, including a bacon jam waffle sandwich! But enough waffling, onto her post

Blog post & photography by Monica Shaw

In Sweden, the occasion is called Vårfrudagen (“Our Lady’s Day”) and is celebrated nine months before Christmas on the day that the Virgin Mary was told that she was pregnant. According to Mr. Breakfast, the day eventually became associated with the first day of spring, when women would set aside their winter chores and move on to spring tasks, including making waffles. (Note: There is some contention about the origins of Waffle Day. I personally prefer my made-up theory that the association between waffles and “Our Lady’s Day” is due to the Virgin Mary’s insistence that she celebrate her conception with an ample waffle feast with which to nourish her growing unborn son).

Mom's Breakfast
Waffles with fruit & cream

Enough history, let’s get to the eating. I admit to being quite a traditionalist when it comes to waffles. My favourite recipe (below) evolved from something I found in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook ages ago: a basic blend of flour, eggs, milk, butter and baking powder. I don’t add sugar to the batter – I save the sweet stuff for the toppings, which almost always involves good maple syrup, and often loads of fresh fruit, whipped cream and toasted nuts (banana and pecan is a winning combination).

But with Waffle Day upon us, perhaps it’s time to break from tradition and consider other ways in which we might enjoy the humble waffle. The internet is full of inspiration:

·         Asparagus-Parmesan-Quinoa Waffle - The Golden Yolk adds veggies, cheese and grains to her waffle batter and tops it with various savories such as eggs, bacon and salsa.

·         Savory Cornmeal Waffle & White Bean Chicken Chilli - We love beans on toast, why not beans on waffles? And I’m digging the addition of cornmeal to the batter in this recipe from a chow life.

·         Waffle Sandwich – Sounds crazy, and yet foodie with family’s recipe for Bacon Jam, Avocado and Gorgonzola Waffle Sandwiches looks and sounds almost decadent.

·         Tosada Waffles – I’m not sure whether the Mexican food lover in me is repulsed or intrigued by this recipe from Betty Crocker.

These variations sound like fun, but in the end, I’ll probably go back to my tried and true recipe, printed below for your waffle-making pleasure.

My Favourite Waffles

Waffles!
Waffles

Ingredients

·         1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

·         1 teaspoon baking powder

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         2 eggs

·         1 3/4 cups milk

·         1/2 cup melted butter (or vegetable oil)

Method

1.      In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

2.      Separate the eggs. Add the yolks, milk and melted butter to the dry ingredient mixture and mix.

3.      Place the egg whites in a small mixing bowl and beat until moderately stiff.

4.      Fold the egg whites into the mixture.

5.      Ladle mixture into a hot waffle iron and bake.

Blog post & photography by Monica Shaw

Do you love waffles? How do you like to serve them? Tell us about your favourite toppings, sweet or savoury!  We're discussing this over on Great British Chefs Facebook Page.

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Monica Shaw

Monica Shaw is web consultant working with chefs, restaurants & food producers, to help them make use of the internet to improve their businesses. She's also a freelance writer, her credits include The Daily Telegraph, Chef Magazine and food mag. Monica enjoys experimenting with vegetables & creating delicious & healthy dishes, a topic covered on her blog SmarterFitter.com. She is working on The Healthy Vegan Breakfast Book, due to be published in March 2013

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