Vaffledagen: Here’s how you can celebrate Waffle Day at home and in Norwich
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Våffeldagen is upon us! March 25 is Waffle Day so we've asked the Waffle House to share their top tips for whipping up the perfect waffles to celebrate this Swedish tradition.
Established in 1978, The Waffle House has been perfecting its craft for almost 40 years, so it only seemed appropriate to turn to them for advice on how to make the perfect waffle. Owner, Benjamin Rogers shared some of his top tips and tricks for making delicious waffles just like the ones served in his restaurant.
The most important part, as with any recipe, is the ingredients, for Rogers 'good quality, fresh ingredients are key' to the process, which he reveals is much more complex than people may initially assume.
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'There's actually an intricate art to making waffles. If you have the wrong ingredients, everything can go wrong. For example, add the wrong butter and the mixture will be too oily. You've got to pick fresh, preferably organic or locally sourced products to really make this work.'
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The Waffle House use free range eggs, butter, organic stone ground flour, milk, water and fresh yeast in their waffle mix, which should be at room temperature before pouring onto the iron - another crucial element of the process according to Rogers.
'A lot of waffle irons that you can buy simply don't get hot enough to make a decent waffle. We heat our irons up to 200 degrees. John Lewis or Lakeland would probably be where I would go to purchase my own waffle iron but you've got to make sure you check the heat settings on the box first.'
If you don't have time to cook tonight, don't worry - there are plenty of places in Norwich where you can satisfy your waffle cravings. Here are seven of the best:
• The Waffle House, 39 St Giles Street
This restaurant is home to all of your waffle dreams. They've got sweet, they've got savoury and everything in between. Ever wanted to try a stir fry on a waffle? Well you certainly can here. Owner Benjamin Rogers has shared his picks of the menu with us, stating that 'the ham with cheese sauce and mushrooms is incredibly popular with our customers, the vegetarian hummus and avocado waffle is a great choice too. It comes served with wild rocket, sunblushed tomato and olives and is drizzled with a sweet chilli sauce. But if it's something sweet that you're after, I recommend the banoffee or chocolate mouse waffles.'
• 7Heaven, 10 Exchange Street
They make a pizza waffle, that's reason enough to go there.
• Delice, 2 Castle Meadow
According to Robin B on TripAdvisor, Delice serve 'HUGE waffles' complete with local ice cream. He claims they were 'one of the best I've had in Norwich'. Visit to find out if he's right.
• Ed's Easy Diner, Intu Chapelfield food court
An American style diner with waffles on the dessert menu for you to enjoy with either maple syrup or Hershey's chocolate sauce.
• Zaks Waterside Bar and Grill, Barrack Street
Offering waffles to savour all by yourself, or ones you can share. Zaks' dessert menu includes 'sticky waffle pudding', made up of banoffee sponge, waffles, toffee sauce and white chocolate or 'waffle heaven' a stack of cinnamon waffles with a choice of sauces.
• The Belgian Monk, 7 Pottergate
Traditional Belgian Waffles from a traditional Belgian bar and restaurant. It doesn't really get any better than that.
• Frankie and Benny's, Riverside
Frankie and Benny's menu claims that they're famous for their hot cinnamon waffles. No better time than Waffle Day to put this claim to the test.
• Where's your favourite place to go for waffles in Norwich? Let us know in the comments below.