International Waffle Day – 25th March

Our waffles have been a favourite from the word go. With International Waffle Day approaching we thought we would share our recipe for how to make the best (gluten free) waffles! (And some salted caramel to go with them!)

Photo of a waffles at Baltzersen's Scandinavian cafe in harrogate for international waffle day

 International Waffle Day

International Waffle Day was originally celebrated in Sweden.  Over the past few years more and more places are starting to celebrate our favourite all-day treat! The origins of International Waffle Day come from the religious day ‘Our Lady’s Day’, which is exactly nine months before Christmas. The reason waffles are celebrated on this day is because the Swedish word for ‘Our Lady’s Day’ (Vårfrudagen) sounds very similar to the their word for ‘Waffle Day’ (Våffeldagen). Thus waffle day was born!

Photo of waffles with chocolate sauce and banana on them for International Waffles Day in Scandinavian cafe Baltzersen's in Harrogate


International Waffle Day also happens to fall on the same day as good Friday. Easter weekend is when many Scandinavians, particularly Norwegians, like to use a lot of eggs as part of their Easter celebrations. The recipe for our waffles uses eggs and a few other ingredients that many people give up during lent.


5 Ways to Eat Waffles Like a Norwegian

Waffles are served in a number of ways across Scandinavia. Though we serve them as a sweet treat with your choice of topping and whipped vanilla cream, they can also be savoury, often being served with Brünost which is a brown caramelised cheese.


Infographic of % ways to eat Waffles like a Norwegian for Scandinavian Cafe Baltzersen's in Harrogate


Waffle Recipe


400g Gluten Free Flour

100g Caster Sugar

4 Eggs

1 tablespoon Gluten Free Baking Powder

A pinch of Xantham Gum

5g Salt

500ml Milk

50g Melted Butter


Whisk sugar, baking powder, xantham gum and salt together, ensuring they are mixed thoroughly together.

Whisk in flour, eggs and milk.

Whisk in melted butter.

Make sure the waffle iron is hot.

Oil it well.

Ladle waffles mix on to the iron.

Close the iron and leave until golden brown.

Serve with your own choice of toppings (we suggest our salted caramel – recipe here!)

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