On March 25 every year, Swedes open up their waffle irons so they can indulge in freshly baked waffles with jam and whipped cream. This delicious tradition actually originates from a misunderstanding. The original Christian celebration on that day, Annunciation Day, in Swedish is called Vårfrudagen, which sounded very much like the word Våffeldagen, meaning Waffle Day.
Home-cooked Swedish Waffles
Use this day as a great excuse to explore the variety of waffles that Swedish Lifestyle icon Leila Lindholm has to offer you: tuck into classic Swedish saffron or cardamom waffles for breakfast; enjoy a Belgian waffle dusted with confectioner’s sugar or coated in chocolate and served with slightly whipped cream for tea. See recipes here.
Michelin starred Sourdough Waffles
At his Michelin starred Stockholm restaurant EKSTEDT, Niklas Ekstedt cooks sourdough waffles over an open fire in a cast-iron waffle grill and serves with cloudberries and pastry cream with orange and juniper.
Where to try Swedish Waffles in the UK
* SVEA in Cheltenham offers Våfflor – freshly made waffle served with jam and whisked cream
* Scoop and Crumb in Brighton offers Swedish waffles with a variety of toppings
* Kula cafe in London has a dedicated Swedish waffle menu
How to make Swedish Waffles at home
Clas Ohlsson (nationwide) sells Coline Waffle Makers for £14.99