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Catholic Recipe: St. Michael's Gaufres


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4-1 cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: France

Also Called: St. Michael's Waffles

This is an American version of St. Michael's Gaufres, or waffles. In France, paper-thin sweet wafers called gaufres were baked by street vendors who set up their stands near the great cathedral to lure worshipers coming from Mass on St. Michael's Day to taste their wares. Not many people have a gaufrier, the special waffle iron used in France, but if you wish to serve waffles for supper on St. Michael's Day, you'll be right with tradition.

The Feast of St. Michael on September 29 has become a combined feast for the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. This feast is also called Michaelmas.


Blend eggs and sugar. Add flour and milk alternately. Beat hard. Add butter and vanilla. The mixture is thin and should spread evenly on the preheated iron. If Gaufres tend to stick, butter both sides of the iron. Serve hot or cold.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999
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