These airy waffles have the flavor of almond for a special treat.
Waffles are one of life’s special treats. They do take a little bit more time to make than toast or pancakes, but they are so worth it. The crispy outside, tender inside, and all those little pockets for syrup and butter to melt into make this a heavenly treat. With waffles the texture is of the utmost importance, so adding in fruit or other ingredients to change up the flavor can be tricky.
But, when we found this recipe for Norwegian krumkake waffles it looked like it was something special. The addition of almond extract to this recipe makes the flavor so much richer and more interesting. It’s not something you find in most waffle recipes.
The original krumkake waffles were made on a shallow iron, a variant of the Italian waffle cookies (pizzelle). While still hot the thin waffle cookies were then wrapped around a wooden cone to form a horn shape, which was then filled with cream or other fillings. These breakfast waffles are quite a bit more filling than the originals, but they retain their krumkake flavor thanks to the almond and vanilla flavorings.
The other thing that makes this recipe a stand-out is the addition of beaten egg whites to the batter. A lot waffle recipes will instruct you to add the eggs and mix the batter up. By separating the eggs and folding in the beaten egg whites into the the rest of the combined ingredients, you end up with more air in the waffles, which gives them a lighter texture. Trust me, it’s worth the extra step for waffles that are out of this world.
Once the batter is ready simply pour onto a waffle iron and cook until crispy on the outside, but not too brown. Keep the waffles you’ve already made warm on an over-safe dish on your oven’s lowest setting.
Then, serve topped with powdered sugar, a pat of butter, or even fresh berries. However the delicate almond flavor of these waffles is best enjoyed when not overshadowed by rich flavors like chocolate or heavy syrups.
For a wonderful take on a classic European treat, try these Norwegian krumkake breakfast waffles for yourself. They are perfect for weekend breakfasts when you have a little more time to really make things special.
Norwegian Krumkake Waffles
10m prep time
20m cook time
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Heat waffle iron while you prepare the batter. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
- In a separate, medium, bowl combine egg yolks, almond extract, vanilla extract, and milk. Add wet ingredients and melted butter to dry ingredients and stir well to incorporate.
- Using an electric mixer whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Start on low speed and then work up to a higher speed once the whites have reached a foamy texture. Gently fold the egg whites into the rest of the batter until uniform in color. Do not overmix.
- Cook waffles in waffle iron then serve with a pat of butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Can be served with syrup instead if desired.
Recipe adapted from Nestled on Norway.