Heart Food; In More Ways Than One

For Valentine’s Day I thought it  appropriate to post about one of Norway’s more popular and well known  foods: our beloved heart shaped waffles. Soft and sweet, these are not eaten for breakfast, but rather as an afternoon treat or served with coffee at night (0r any time of day) when guests come over.  There is something magical about these waffles; they don’t fill you up quite the way Belgian or American waffles do, they are more dainty and elegant, as if they belong at a proper English high tea.  Simultaneously, they are incredibly casual and inviting;  I guess you could say they are just irresistible all around, and everyone I’ve served these to have been ooh’ing and aah’ing and conversations have been known to go on forever about these creations. You see the waffles served everywhere in Norway; at cafes, bazaars, on the ferry crossing the fjord  from one town to another, and if you ever visit a famous Norwegian  “seaman’s church” outside of Norway you will see them  offered for free with a cup of coffee, as a way to comfort Norwegians abroad by providing a familiar and typical flavor.

I’ve posted about our waffle traditions in more detail before, and you can access that post here.

Since I’ve changed lifestyles in 2014, I wanted to post a recipe that omitted dairy and eggs in the waffles, and I’m happy to report that you won’t miss this at all in this batter. I’m always amazed at how fluffy and light batters are when not including eggs, and the additional benefit is that by omitting diary and eggs is that you greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease ,diabetes,  cancer and heightened cholesterol.

Try this incredibly easy recipe that is packed with flavor – I love the addition of cinnamon and cardamom to the batter. To bake these you’ll need a special heart shaped waffle iron – luckily these are easy to come by and you can buy one on Amazon for instance, although it may be difficult to come across an old school one like the one I have:

waffleiron

Don’t despair – your waffles will taste just as good in a more modern iron!  I love dabbing some coconut oil or butter on top of them if I don’t have any jam… sooo delicious and sure to please your Valentine!  Hope you all enjoy the day and feed your loved one something special tonight… how about these Norwegian hearts???

HEART SHAPED WAFFLES

1 1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 cup rape seed oil or vegetable oil (not olive oil)*

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tbsps sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Combine everything in a bowl and let rest for 1/2 hour before baking according to your waffle iron’s instructions.

wafflesecretingredients

waffelsbaking

Serve warm right away topped with butter,  jam, plant based cheeses or cheese of your choice or my favorite: (vegan) sour cream and strawberry jam!

wafflesfinished

*If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has experienced a surge in popularity since around 2008. Although technically the same as canola oil, what you see in stores today sold as canola oil has been tampered with and blended with other kot so great oils, somtry to purchase true rapeseed oil from a health food store. Rapeseed oil Is produced from the bright yellow rape plant that grows freely in Norway. Best cold -pressed, the oil can then be used drizzled as salad dressing, or heated to fry or bake. It’s low in saturated fat, so has been hailed for its health benefits and also has other nutritional bonuses – it contains omegas 3, 6 and 9, which reduce cholesterol and help to maintain healthy joint, brain and heart functions. As it is high in mono-unsaturated fats, it is one of the only unblended oils that can be heated to a high frying temperature and not spoil its antioxidants, character, color or flavor. Homegrown rapeseed oil has been heralded the ‘Norwegian olive oil’ but its flavor is more earthy and nutty than fruity.

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12 responses to “Heart Food; In More Ways Than One”

  1. saucygander says :

    Lovely waffle pans, and a nice break from the chocolate overload on food blogs this week! :-)

  2. Dee Dee Domani says :

    Cardamom! MMMMMmmmmmmm…. I never thought about that. I’m getting ready to make waffles (vegan sourdough) for Sunday morning. I am definitely going to use cardamom. Thank you!!!!!!

  3. Sophie33 says :

    Yum yum Yum,..Your home-made heart waffles look utterly delicious too! x

  4. Dee Dee Domani says :

    Thank you for the information about true rapeseed oil. On my next visit to the health food store, I will buy it. I am always interested in expanding my experiences.

    • Sunny says :

      My pleasure, Dee and thanks for your comment! I think the truest, cleanest form still of rapeseed oil is to be found in Norway, where it is truly treated as fine, extra virgin olive oil. Nrxt time Ingo, I will make it a point to bring some back! :)

  5. TidiousTed says :

    I also have cinnamon and cardamom in my waffles, but in addition to that I add a little freshly ground allspice. Try it,youll love it. And I would not dream of making mine in anything put old school irons. I got one both at home and at my week end cottage. Here in Norway you can pick one up for a song and a dance at any jumble sale. :-)

  6. Forestwoodfolkart says :

    Waffles are the best but my mix is slightly different with or without cardamon (from the West Coast) You’ll find it here: http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/scandinavian-food-norwegian-waffles/
    Great idea to post it on valentine’s day.

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