Making Faroese Waffles

Swedish chef, Magnus Nilsson shares his recipe for Faroese Vaflur, a classic afternoon snack of leavened waffles sweetened with vanilla sugar.

Famed Swedish chef, Magnus Nilsson ran Fäviken Magasinet in the Jämtland mountain farm region in the high north of Sweden, near the Norwegian border. He is a regular visitor to the Faroe Islands - visiting truely remote spots around the archipelago. The island of Stóra Dímun is one such spot where he enjoys the hospitality of friends on a privately owned island, accessible only by a 2 hour boat journey from the Faroese capital of Tórshavn or a helicopter flight.

Here he tested local recipes (for his new book, the Nordic Cook Book), milked cows and tried Faroe Islands traditional food such as Skerpikjøt, air-dried meat. There is now a guest house that can be rented in summer if you are truely wanting to go to the Edge of Europe - read further about his experience in the Faroes here.

Faroe Islands

Vegetables grown on the island up for sale on Stóra Dímun Community board

Nilsson shares below the recipe for recipe for Vaflur, a classic afternoon snack of leavened waffles sweetened with vanilla sugar.

Vaflur (Faroese Waffles)

Yield: 4 Servings

  • 5 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  • Melted butter, for brushing

1. Combine the butter, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl, and beat together well.

2. Beat in the eggs, one by one.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together into the mixture, and beat well.

4. Pour in the milk, little by little, beating all the time so that no lumps form.

5. Heat your waffle iron to proper working temperature, and brush it very lightly with melted butter.

6. Pour in a suitable amount of batter and cook until nice and golden.

7. Serve warm or cold.

*Note - Norwegians tinker with this basic recipe adding cardamon powder and other secret spices.

Faroe Islands

Farming activities on Stóra Dímun