Fransk Vafler (French Waffles)
I make Fransk Vafler once or twice a year, or for very special occasions. The process of making them is very easy, just a little time-consuming. And boy are they good. Almost too good, not too sweet, rich and yet light at the same time.
The basic recipe is butter, flour and a little light cream. Really simple, rich and good.
Start by cutting cold butter into flour, until the mixture resembles a coarse cornmeal or small peas.
|Bowl of flour with grated frozen butter.|
Then add the half and half, and form into a ball. It will feel a little loose, but just keep on patting it together. This dough is very tender from the butter and shouldn’t be overworked. I tried a new technique this year and grated the butter into the flour and formed the ball with the half and half. I’m not real fond of that one and the next batch of cookies I made, I cut the butter in the old-fashioned way.
After forming the ball, flatten it out a little and place in the refrigerator to rest. After a couple of hours or even the next day, divide the dough into quarters, and take it out of the fridge and start rolling it out. I’ve discovered that I can pat the dough down a little more and then using my rolling-pin just get it nice and even and thin.
Cut out rounds.
I use a small juice glass for this, but use whatever you have. Dipping the cutter into some flour helps the dough release, and you can then place them in a pan of sugar. Pressing the cut rounds lightly into the sugar and then transferring them, sugar side up, to a parchment covered cookie sheet.
|Cookie rounds in the sugar|
|Ready for the oven|
Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden in color.
See how they puff up, that is the water in the butter expanding in the dough.
When cooled, put a smear of butter cream frosting on each cookie and make a sandwich. (of course if you’re anything like me, you’ve already sampled one or two of the cookies after they came out of the oven. )
Put them on a plate and serve.
Now go pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a book and snuggle down on the sofa with your own plate of cookies. Or you could share them with your sweetheart.
Just be aware, these cookies are very tender and will crumble as you bite into them, but that’s part of their charm.
Here’s the full recipe: