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Waffles Day - Våffeldagen

This one is pretty self-explanatory. It involves waffles; wonderful jam, or sylt in Swedish and some whipped cream.

Waffles are eaten all the year round in Sweden but they are particularly popular on March 25th when we celebrate Våffeldagen (Waffle Day). Swedish waffles are flatter then the more well known Belgian waffle and are normally made in a special waffle maker which makes the waffles heart-shaped. 

Try our Swedish waffle recipe to make your waffles extra crispy and delicious! Serve with jam and some lightly whipped cream.

Recipe for Waffles

  • 1.25 cups cold water
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 pinch of salt 
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • butter for the waffle iron 
  • whipping cream
  • jam

Mix water, flour and salt until smooth. Whip cream until stiff and fold together with batter. Bake with butter in a waffle iron at full power and put them on a grid to cool. If you don’t have a waffle iron or sandwich press, cook them as you would pancakes. Beat the cream and place on waffles with raspberry, strawberry or cloudberry jam. 

A trick for making the waffles extra crispy is to use carbonated water (non-flavoured of course). The waffles are easy to make vegan by switching out the dairy-products to vegan alternatives.

When is "Våffeldagen" (Waffle Day)?

Våffeldagen 2019 is on March 25th.

Where:

In cafés, restaurants and at home. 

How to do it like a local:

There is no trick. You just eat it. With a coffee. There is nothing done in Sweden without a coffee. And especially not waffles. 

How do you say 'våffla' and 'våffeldag"?

This is how you pronounce våffla [ˈvɔ́ fla] and this is how to pronounce våffeldag [ˈvɔ́ fɛlˈdɑː́ g].

Why do Swedes celebrate våffeldagen? 

You may wonder "what is the origin of Waffle Day"? According to the Christian gospels, 25th of March is the day when the archangel Gabriel came down to earth and told Mary that she would bring birth to God's son in 9 months time. From the beginning, what was celebrated was Vårfrudagen, ("Our Lady Day"), but in Swedish it kind of sounds like vorfleday, or "Våffeldagen". Over time this tradition has become more about the Waffels than about virgin birth.