Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Rømmevafler: Norwegian Sour Cream Waffles with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream

Rommevafler with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream (0013) by Meeta K. Wolff  

This week while many were flipping pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, we were busy making waffles. I guess we are different that way, but if I were to choose between both, waffles would win by a slight margin. It’s the contrast of the crispy exterior and the soft interior that makes the waffle rank high on my list. 

Making waffles relaxes me, gives me a moment to linger a little longer on my thoughts. Whisking up a thick, gloppy batter with carefully measured basic ingredients of flour, milk and a few eggs, maybe I’ll add a flavoring or two. I cradle the bowl in the nook of my arm and dip the whisk into the batter, swirling it into the right consistency. It’s the satisfying sound of the sizzle as the concoction hits the hot waffle plates that makes me impatient. While I wait, the aromas wisp through the kitchen encasing me in a perfume of sweet smelling sugar and spice.

Waffles have ancient roots. The first known creation of a waffle related food has been traced back to ancient Greece where people were cooking flat cakes between metal plates as early as the 13th century BC.  These were called oublies and were prepared with cheese and herbs. The obloyeurs used this method of cooking throughout the Middle Ages who created a variety of oublies. The oublies evolved into the waffle when a craftsman in the 13th century had the idea of reproducing some cookie plates to create the characteristic pattern of honeycombs. Called gaufres, it was derived from the Old French wafla.

Rommevafler with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream (0015) by Meeta K. Wolff

The waffle made its journey across the Atlantic with the Mayflower, as the pilgrims brought the Dutch “wafel” with them. Since then waffles have grown in popularity, with street vendors selling hot waffles slathered with molasses and syrup throughout the New World. On August 24, 1869 the waffle iron, which was invented by Cornelius Swarthout was patented and till today this date marks the National Waffle Day in the USA. International Waffle day, known as Våffeldag, has its origins in Sweden and is celebrated on March 25th, marking the turning point from winter to spring.

As a matter of fact, all throughout the Nordic countries, the Scandinavian style waffles have become extremely popular. Thinner and made in a heart shaped waffle iron, Scandinavians enjoy their waffles with cream and an embellishment of preserves and jams.

The waffle obsession seems to be particularly strong in Norway. On my trip to Norway last summer I was surprised to see just how popular they were. Waffles are available just about everywhere and I was told that the famous Vafler are very much part of Norwegian tradition. Apparently, not a week goes by when waffles are not enjoyed in Norwegian homes. Typically, they are served as an afternoon snack, often with shavings of Brunost cheese, slatherings of cream and a dollop of preserve. Norwegian waffles are different from their American counterpart, as they are lighter, fluffier and richer and have a wonderfully crisp exterior with a soft and moist interior.

Rommevafler with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream (0021) by Meeta K. Wolff

One will find several recipes for Norwegian Vaffler, my favorite however are the utterly delicious Rømmevafler. Sour cream adds a fantastic distinct tangy flavor to these waffles, making them purely irresistible. Norwegians typically use a very thick sour cream with a high fat content (35%), in consistency similar to crème fraîche. For my Rømmevafler I used “schmand” which here in Germany is a magnificent thick sour cream, with a fat content of 25% and very similar to Norwegian seterrømme.

Good substitutes for this thick sour cream could be crème fraîche or even a mix of normal sour cream hung overnight with a few tablespoons of cream cheese. It will not be the perfect match but you will come close to enjoying a Norwegian Rømmevafler.

Rommevafler with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream (0018) by Meeta K. Wolff

In my version, I deviated from the traditional method of making Rømmevafler by adding grated Brunost cheese right into the batter. Usually Brunost is served in thinly shaved slices on top of the waffles. I drizzle a warm sticky caramel sauce over the waffles and make this a decadent treat. The dollop of cloudberry cream makes it tantalizing.

Cloudberries are those rare berries grown high in the cold northern climates of Scandinavia, and are the most delicious and costly of all berries, due to their limited growing area. They have a magnificent unique taste and preserves or jams made with this wild arctic berry are perfect with pancakes and waffles. The jars we brought back from Norway disappeared quickly, however as Tom is currently working on a project in Stockholm, I have an unlimited access to the berry goodness. I’ll save the story of Tom in a Swedish supermarket looking for cloudberry jam for another post.

If you are unable to find cloudberry preserve then use a lingonberry, cranberry or raspberry preserve instead.

Recipe: Rømmevafler: Norwegian Sour Cream Waffles with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream

Printable version of recipe here

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

    For the waffles

  • 200 g all purpose flour
  • 200 ml milk
  • 200 ml thick sour cream (25-30% fat content), Schmand or seterrømme
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 100g Brunost cheese, grated
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the caramel sauce

  • 250g muscavado sugar
  • 140ml cream
  • 50g butter
  • For the cloudberry cream

  • 2 tablespoons cloudberry preserve
  • 200 ml thick sour cream (25-30% fat content), Schmand or seterrømme
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Method:

For the waffles

  1. Whisk together milk and sour cream into a smooth consistency.

  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and whisk the batter until thick and smooth.

  3. Heat the waffle iron and using a ladle pour about 1 to 1/12 ladlefuls of batter on the plates. Bake until the waffles are crispy outside but still moist and tender inside.

For the caramel sauce

  1. Add the sugar in a saucepan and stir in about 3-4 tablespoons of water. Place over medium heat and allow the sugar to dissolve.

  2. Increase the heat and bubble the mixture for 5 minutes until it turns into a caramel colored thick syrup.

  3. Remove from heat and carefully pour in the cream and stir in the butter. Allow to cool. Fill into bottles and store in refrigerator.

For the cloudberry cream

  1. Wisk the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Keep cool until required.

To serve the waffles gently re-heat the caramel. Drizzle over the waffles and add a dollop of the cloudberry cream on top.

You can use a fork but they taste even better if you simply tear off the segments with your hands and enjoy.


Verdict

Rommevafler with Brunost and Cloudberry Cream (0019) by Meeta K. Wolff

Waffles do not get better than this and I am not just saying this because I seem to be partial towards most things Norwegian. I personally find the pairing of cardamom and the caramel flavors of the Brunost exceptionally unique, add to that the tangy sour cream and the fruity cloudberries and you’re getting a burst of flavors that work really well together. Soeren, Tom and I gathered around the table, forking segments into our mouths and reminiscing about the waffles we inhaled in Oslo, gorged in Bergen and drooled over in Stavangar last summer. And we began discussing if this summer we should do Norway, our way again! 

Hope you all have an awesome week and a weekend filled with happy family time, fun friends and fantastic food. I’ll see you next week with a recipe that will make your kids forget about all fast food.

Monthly Mingle

Don’t forget all this month Sarah from Maison Cupcake is hosting the Monthly Mingle in March.

We’re going to be having a lot of fun this month as Sarah takes us through all shades of pink and wants us to Think Pink. Head on over to the announcement page for all the details and how you can join us for this quirky party.

The deadline is March 30th. Hope to see you there!


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The prize? Two lucky winners get to attend the From Plate to Page residential workshop in Weimar from 20-23 May and participate in the many writing, styling, cooking and photography workshops that will take place over the weekend. The prize includes flights, airport transfers, accommodation and meals.

Want to know how you can enter? Just follow this link over to the IFBA competition announcement page for all the details.

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45 comments :

  1. Yes we do love our waffles! Now if only I could have these with fresh cloudberries!

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  2. A delightful recipe! In May, a blogger friend will bring me back some Brunost, yay.... I will finally be able to discover that cheese's unique flavor.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. This looks amazing Meeta! I would like to be your guest when you have this for breakfast!!! :) When can I come? :)

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  4. Cant stop staring at the berries. They look so red. Wonder if I will ever get to taste them.

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  5. These look amazing, Meeta and, as always, your photographs are full of sunshine - sooo appealing!

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  6. Oh my my Meeta...these are perfect dessert ones...I usually end up making wholemeal ones with seasonal fruits..I simply love yr pairing and beautiful photos!

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  7. Mmmmm these look so fabulous and all the additions do make for one heckuva decadent treat! The waffles are so beautiful, too. In France, waffles are served heaped with Chantilly cream yum yum. JP did buy a waffle iron but after two tries decided not to make them anymore! Now you have me craving them again. Amazing that something so simple can have so many variations. I want yours with all the trimmings!

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  8. What a sunshine note to begin the day with...just beautiful and so delicious Meeta.I have a Belgian Waffle Press and I need to get moving in the waffle direction...you inspire me! Love the cloudberry cream and caramel sauce - whimsical & magical!

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  9. I must ask: I've seen Brunost mentioned in another receipe and it sounds absolutely yummy. But I've no idea where to get this. In which supermarket did you find it? My hope is, that if you can find it in Weimar, I can find it in my tiny town as well (which has three big supermarkets).

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  10. What's not to love about these waffles. I love the unusual shape. Cloudberries grow in the province of Newfoundland but are not found here unfortunately. Perhaps I could substitute Oregon grapes if I were looking for something foraged in this area.

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  11. Pancakes are popular this week. The shape of these waffles is so fun. Great for Shrove Tuesday or a brunch alfresco in spring weather.

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  12. Great waffles. These looks so goooddd!!!

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  13. Oh these look sooo delicious! I would love to eat these for breakfast!

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  14. Wow Meeta, these sound (and look!) amazing, and I'm not even a big fan of waffles, cream or preserves! I love your description of these waffles - I am having to control myself to not drool on my keyboard. TheHusband will ADORE these as he's a huge fan of waffles.

    PS: I can see from your photos that spring is in the air in Weimar. :-)

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  15. Love this spread! Now pass me a mimosa! ;-)

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  16. Thank you all for your comments. These truly are the best waffles ever. Home you get a chance to make them.

    @Michelle - I found Brunost at Herkules, which is linked to Edeka. If you cannot find it mail me your address I'd be happy to spread the Brunost love further!


    @Marisa - how can anyone not love these waffles???

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  17. Gorgeous waffles, wud love to have it...beautiful pictures !!!

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  18. Never heard of Herkules, I must admit. But I will definitely check my local Edeka and see whether I'm in luck:) If not, I'll probably report back here, lol.

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  19. Hi Meeta,
    Waffles are certainly a Norwegian institution; they are eaten like they're going out of fashion here. And for good reason too - they are simply delicious! I love the idea of putting brunost in the batter mix, and these waffles look sooo good. Beautiful photos, as always.

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  20. Your blog is amazing - the photos are stunning and the recipes inspiring. Great to have stumbled across it.

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  21. have been waiting for this post since I saw the photograph. Had no clue about the waffles and the history. Good read! These are pretty pretty pretty and just the sound of cloudberry gives me a high:-)

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  22. I am delighted by the cheese and caramel combination, Meeta! Delicious!!! What a perfect Saturday morning feast this would be.

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  23. don't know why.. but I love pancake more to waffles :) Btw that was some interesting piece of gyan !

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  24. I love waflles but I think I am more of a pancake girl.. :) I do love the shape of your wafles Meeta!

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  25. What a glorious flavor combination for waffles. They look wonderful!

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  26. Now those are waffles! Thank you, I'd never known the history of waffles before, frankly, I hadn't thought much about them. I love learning from your blog. The recipe was also flavors I hadn't thought to put together, cardamom in a waffle? It is always an adventure to read your posts.

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  27. I've always thought of waffles as a snack, not a breakfast item, I guess because that's the way they are most often eaten in Europe. I love the decadence of these with the caramel sauce and the cloudberry cream. I wish I could get ahold of some cloudberry jam, I would love to know what that tastes like.

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  28. my first time here. Your pics had me floored! :P
    I could almost imagine myself sitting at the table, dolloping more syrup on the waffles and drinking some coffee after.

    fantaaastic! Adding you to my blogroll!

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  29. I MUST buy a hot plate to make these waffles! I love cardamom too.

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  30. Impressive research, well presented and beautifully photographed - this post is a treat. Ah, another treat would be to find cloudberry jam on a local store shelf. We picked cloudberries in Petersburg, Alaska and loved the taste, somewhere between apple and vanilla. I will have to make do with lingonberry jam until summer berrypicking time again.

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  31. Wow, what a match of brunost and cloudberry preserves! I adore both (and most things Norwgian as well) but never saw these two icons paired together.

    Oh if only I could get up to Bergen this year!

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  32. What a delightful recipe! Caramel sauce & the cloudberry cream sound divine!

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  33. This looks divine Meeta! I love waffles too and this post is making me thinking of getting a waffle maker! :)

    I have always wanted to taste cloudberries!

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  34. Beautiful! I love caramel sauce over waffles idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful and delicious! Don't have any other words.

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  36. delicious and delightful recipe..my grandkids will surely love this..

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  37. Waffles are the best! :) I'm from Norway and my top three waffle toppings are: 1) Strawberry or raspberry jam + sour cream, 2) Brunost and 3) Butter (that melts on the hot waffle) + sugar.

    Enjoy your waffles :)

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  38. These waffles look so indulgent! Beautifully done!

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  39. LOVE your blog !!! very chic !! rock on :D
    happy cooking & clicking to you :)
    do check out my food blog :
    http://aspoonfulofyumm.blogspot.com/

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  40. I came across your wonderful blog this morning and what happened is that my coffee got cold! I love your blog and especially your presentation of Norwegian "vafler"! As a Norwegian living in another country, I love making "vafler" and serve with raspberry or strawberry jam etc, as we do not get cloudberries here. I do miss "brunost" though, but fortunate friends bring it every time they visit. :)

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  41. Gorgeous photos!! I cant remember why but someone brought this into my job once... I mistook the sour cream for whipped cream but was pleasantly surprised. thanks for providing the recipe

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  42. I would bake your norwegian waffles immediately, if there were any Brunost available in Verona... You mentioned, that usually the cheese doesn't go into the batter, but on the top of the waffles - does that mean, I can skip the Brunost in the batter without changing anything? Though I know that it would make a difference regarding the taste...

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Thank you for visiting What's For Lunch, Honey? and taking time to browse through my recipes, listen to my ramblings and enjoy my photographs. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. I will answer your questions to my best knowledge and respond to your comments as soon as possible.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

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