Free Catholic Recipe : Traditional Annunciation Waffles

This traditional recipe for the Annunciation Solemnity is originally from Evelyn Birge Virtz’s cookbook, A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year. (See the Link to Amazon to purchase the book)

History: In Sweden the word for Our Lady’s Day is Vårfrudagen, which happens to sound a lot like the Swedish word for Waffle Day, Våffeldagen. Over time, the two words synonymous with each other. Because many Christians would eat waffles on March 25th to celebrate this Church feast. So, in many Scandinavian countries, March 25th is celebrated as both the Annunciation and Waffle Day!
Some traditional Scandinavian options include topping your waffles with lingonberries or fresh fruit and then adding whipped cream. You can also make a savory waffle by adding herbs into the batter and then topping them with lox, ham, or caviar; cream cheese or crème fraîche; and capers.

Here are some more variations:
-Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato
- Bacon, Poached Egg, and Hollandaise Sauce
-Applesauce, Cinnamon, and Walnuts
-Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Shaved Chocolate

RECIPE: Swedish Waffles by Evelyn Birge Vitz

1 ¾ cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 ⅓ cups flour
1-2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
½ cup cold water
3 tablespoons melted sweet butter
Instructions Whip the cream until stiff.
Mix the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Stir in the water to make a smooth batter. Fold the whipped cream into the batter. Stir in the melted butter.
Heat the waffle iron. (If it is well-seasoned, it will not need to be greased.) Fill the grid surface about two-thirds full of batter. Bake until golden brown.
Place on a rack to keep crisp while you make the rest of the waffles.

Vitz writes, "Here are Swedish waffles for the Annunciation. Light and crisp, these make excellent dessert waffles. They are traditionally eaten with whipped cream and cloudberry preserves."

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins

1. Vitz, Evelyn Birge. A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year. Ignatius Press. 1985.