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Catholic Recipe: Swedish Waffles

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup butter  Toppings: lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon or stewed lingonberries
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty:
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Sweden

In Sweden the Feast of the Annunciation is familiarly called Vaffelsdagen (Waffle Day), and here is a favorite recipe for that dish. Lingonberries is the traditional Swedish topping.

This feast celebrates the actual moment of the Incarnation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in her home in Nazareth — a scene so often commemorated in art and story and marked by every ringing of the Angelus bell. In old calendars it is called Feast of the Incarnation, Beginning of the Redemption, Annunciation of Our Lord. It is now held as a feast in honor of Our Lady in the Western Church, although the Church of the East makes the day rather a feast of Christ.

This day, also known as Lady Day, has long been observed with high honor in many parts of the world. In Russia it was considered so solemn a feast that, according to popular tradition, "even the birds do not mate on this day." It is also the day of the years when, according to belief in the Tyrol, the swallows return from their winter sojourn. And they will tell you too that on September 8th, which is Mary's birthday, they will once again fly southward.

DIRECTIONS

Sift the flour with the salt and add to the cream together with the water which should be ice cold. Keep this batter in the refrigerator for one to two hours. Then melt the butter and add to the batter. Heat the waffle iron and bake your waffles as usual. Serve with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon, or stewed lingonberries.

Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951
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