Every family has a traditional and essential brunch staple. You know, the food that everyone knows for certain will be served, but asks if it will be prepared just in case for some reason it is forgotten, which would be unimaginable and entirely unacceptable. The recipe that has been handed down for generations. The food that causes mouths to water upon the mere utterance of its name. For our family this brunch staple is Norwegian Waffles.
The recipe started with Grandma Kari (our great grandma), who immigrated to the United States from Norway. Grandma Kari was known for her hard work ethic and her cooking, especially her waffles.
These waffles bring a stream of memories each time we eat them…brunch with our entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) the morning after Thanksgiving, enjoying the waffles at the cabin on Sunday morning with friends who’ve visited for the weekend, and devouring 15+ waffles prepared by our 3rd cousin Rungnild during our trip to Norway (we were 9 by the way, with huge appetites and no shame).
These waffles are melt in your mouth delicious. Seriously, they melt in your mouth. The buttermilk and sour cream add a satisfying tang. The flour is sifted which gives the waffles the light and fluffy texture. Once the batter is ready, it’s poured onto the piping hot waffle iron and then the magic happens…a perfectly browned, slightly crisp Norwegian Waffle.
Top your waffle with maple syrup, butter, powdered sugar, jam, fresh fruit or enjoy it plain. There’s no wrong way to go with these waffles!
Happy double dipping!
Recipe – Great Grandma Kari’s Recipe
Makes about 12 waffles.
*If you’re serving a smaller crowd the waffles can be frozen in a plastic freezer storage bag and re-heated to enjoy later.
- 2 ½ cup flour, 2 Tbs. sugar, 1 ½ tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, ½ tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp. sour cream (can substitute plain Greek yogurt)
- 1 ½ cup buttermilk (add more as needed if batter is too thick)
- ½ cup water
- Heat waffle iron.
- In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together.
- Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add ¼ cup melted butter. Add remaining wet ingredients and mix together.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix together well. If batter is too thick add additional buttermilk.
- Add batter to waffle iron and cook until brown and slightly crisp.
- Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fresh fruit or butter. Enjoy!