Norwegian Waffle Recipes

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Waffles are a Norwegian tradition.  Not a week goes by in a Norwegian home without a waffle being eaten.  Unlike the Belgium waffles, Norwegian waffles are large, soft and fluffy and fit pefectly folded in your hand.  Soured milk is a usual ingredient however, it can be replaced by fresh milk.  Cardamum, a common spice used in Norway, is not typically used in basic recipes but can add extra flavour.  The toppings are simple but yummy: slices of Norwegian brown cheese, a spread of sour cream and jam or just a sprinkling of sugar.  Below are some of the more common Norwegian waffle reipes:

Everyday Waffles

500 ml plain flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
100 ml sugar
500 ml milk
2 eggs
50 ml melted butter
drops of vanilla essence for flavour

Method
Make a smooth batter with the flour, baking powder, sugar and milk. Beat in the eggs and butter (and vanilla). Let the batter set for 30 minutes before cooking in a waffle maker.

Sour Cream Waffles

500 ml sour cream (full cream)
4 eggs
250 ml plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
150 ml water

Method
Make a smooth batter with all the ingredients. Set for 15 minutes before cooking in a waffle maker.

Sour Cream Waffles without eggs

600 ml sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
220 g plain flour
200 ml water

Method
Make a smooth batter with all the ingredients. Set for 10 minutes before cooking in a waffle maker.

Waffles with Oatflakes

Oat flakes contain healthy unsaturated fats and gives a great taste.

300 ml rolled oats
200 ml plain flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cardamum or vanilla sugar
600 ml milk (fresh or soured)
2 eggs
4 tablespoons liquid margarin or oil

Method
Mix dry ingredisnts. Add milk and stir until smooth. Beat eggs and mix in the batter with margarin/oil. Set for 15 minutes before cooking in a waffle maker.

Brown Cheese Waffles

These waffles don’t need brown cheese on top – it’s baked in!

2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
400 ml soured milk
200 ml plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamum
100 ml grated brown cheese
25 g butter for cooking

Method
Blend everything to a smooth batter and cook in a waffle maker.

Potato Waffles

500g boiled potatoes, cooled
250 g plain flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
500 ml milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Method
Mash the potatoes and mix in flour and baking powder. Melt butter and add to the mix. Beat egg and milk, add to batter and mix until smooth. Add salt and sugar. Grease the waffle maker and cook until golden brown.

Rur on the Rocks

‘Rur’ is the Norwegian word for barnacles, which are related to crabs and lobsters. These little fellas have a very interesting life. Their backs are attached to a rock (or a ship), they can’t leave their shell and the only way they can eat is to filter the water for plankton. This makes it very hard for reproduction. Most varieties are hermaphroditic but self fertilizeation is very rare. To reproduce, these little fellas extend their hello up to 15 cm to the next barnacle. They are very impressive creatures, considering they average about 1 cm in length themselves.

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Dancing Lights

One of the most beautiful effects of the Northern Lights is how they dance across the sky.  You don’t get to see this in photographs, and video cameras can never focus on the movement as you need long exposure to capture the lights.  But here we hope to give you a taste of what Aurora Borealis looks like in real life with time lapse camera shots.  Enjoy!


How to Make Christmas Baskets

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Please visit our updated post Norwegian Christmas Heart Baskets with three different easy-to-make baskets complete with instructions and pictures.

Before Christmas our friends get together and have a decoration party. We pool together all our crafty-stuff, paper, toilet rolls, egg cartons, pictures, pine cones, and lots of glue and glitter. We play Christmas music as we make cards and tree decorations. This year we also made a Thankful Tree – a bare branch filled with colourful paper leaves with the things we are thankful for written on them.

There is always one decoration that is made every year – Julekurve (Christmas basket). It is a heart shaped basket made of paper and hangs on the Christmas tree. It can also hang on doors or on the end of curtain rails, and if you are lucky, you will find them filled with all sorts of goodies.

How to Make Julekurver

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A decoration party is always fun for the kids, but it is great for adults too. You get to sit around a table and catch up on life while letting your creativity run wild. This year the Pappas didn’t want to miss out and so they joined in too! (However, I think they have wised up to the best thing about a decoration party: the food!) We had Danish pastries, kakemenn (gingerbread-men without the gingerbread), Saint Lucia boller, julekake (Christmas cake) and home made gløgg!

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