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Waffle House: Delicious French Waffles at Scandinavian Bakery, Seattle

French Waffles
Upon walking into the Scandinavian Bakery in Ballard, Seattle, you'll notice a few things.

Certainly you'll notice how it looks--sweetly retro--but not in a contrived way, more in a "it's been this way since the day it opened, years ago" sort of way.
Scandinavian Bakery, Ballard
And you'll probably notice how it smells: of sugar, yeast, warm bread and various other wonderful things.

But once you've gotten beyond these surface charms, you may notice a small anomaly in their bakery case: the French Waffle. On the one hand, this seems strange--what business do French Waffles have with the cardamom buns and marzipan cakes? But once you taste them, all is forgiven. Crispy with brown sugar and spices on the outside, they're ever-so-slightly soft on the inside, and filled with a sweet dab of frosting that perfectly offsets the texture of the cookies.
French Waffles
It seems that these filled waferlike sandwich cookies truly are a sort of lovely mixture of cultures: where they vaguely resemble these French Waffle cookies, the sugar-and-spice coating ultimately does have a Nordic feel. 

So though they may waffle between cultural identities, but regardless of their origins, these little waffles are definitely delicious.

Do you know more about these sweet treats and their origins? If so, please comment!


French Waffles can be found (call first for availability) at Scandinavian Bakery, 8537 15th Ave. NW, Seattle (206)784-6616. 
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Reader Comments (10)

yummmm. that picture alone is enough to make me want to travel to the opposite side of the country.

June 29 | Unregistered Commenterveggievixen

I ate there when I was in Seattle recently. Absolutely amazing!

June 29 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Newlywed

I love that place!! and there is another place north of there that my Mom and I have been going to for years - oh how I love that bakery stuff - more more!!

June 29 | Unregistered CommenterLady P

I need one of these right now!

June 29 | Unregistered Commenternutmegnanny

I've never heard of these, but I think I'm now in love with them!

June 29 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

Those look delicious!

June 29 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Oh your description makes me want it more. I've come across so many disappointing bakeries. Boo, now I'm hungry

June 30 | Unregistered Commenterpixelhazard

Veggievixen: come visit and we'll go get some!

Mrs Newlywed: What did you have?

Lady P: Isn't it great!? What is the other place, I wanna go!

Nutmegnanny: I wish I had another!

Bridget: Aren't they lovable?

Hannah: They are!

Pixelhazard: I know what you mean about a bummer bakery. What bakeries do you really like?

June 30 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

I think these look amazing... I live in a French province though I have never seen these before!

As I drove past this bakery just this morning (July 4), I thought, "All bakeries should have lace curtains in the windows."
Looking forward to trying these cookies.

July 4 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie C
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