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Saffron Waffles

Across Sweden and Norway – and sometimes in Denmark – saffron is used as a Christmas spice. For most, saffron is a spice for savoury, but we always tend to use it for sweet. To us, the scent of saffron often reminds us that Christmas is coming.
To make Scandinavian waffles, you need a waffle iron. We use the heart shaped one – but you can, of course, use any that you like, although the yield will change.
If you can’t be bothered making the clementine syrup of almond cream, you can just use normal whipped cream instead.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: waffles
Servings: 8 waffles
Author: Bronte Aurell


  • 150 g butter melted
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar optional

Saffron mix

  • 0.5 g ground saffron – mixed with
  • 250 ml whole milk and
  • 250 ml water

For the almond cream

  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 4-5 tbsp ready made custard
  • 200 ml double cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the sugar clementines

  • 2 small clementines finely peeled, or similar and slice.


  • Turn on the waffle iron to heat up.
  • Mix all the ingredients together to a smooth batter.
  • Brush the waffle iron with a little bit of butter then add a ladle full of batter. Leave to cook until golden brown and crispy, remove and serve immediately.

For the almond cream

  • It’s a bit of a faff to make but it tastes really nice.
  • Using a whisk, whisk almonds and sugars with the custard. Add extract if you feel it needs a punchier taste. Whisk until smooth then add cream and whisk until spoonable. Add vanilla to taste.

For the sugar clementines

  • Finely peel 2 small clementines (or similar) and slice.
  • In a saucepan, add 100ml water and 100ml (not grams) sugar and bring to fast boil. When the sugar has melted completely and has started to form a syrup, take of the heat and add the clementines (it can take quite a while on full heat to get to syrup stage)
  • Serve waffles immediately out of waffle iron with a dollop of cream and the clementine.