In search of the perfect waffle
“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” Leslie Knope, aka Amy Poehler from Parks & Rec, had it right: waffles are begging for our attention. Yes, we respect the plain, well-made waffle. Crunchier than pancakes, but so fluffy. Their flat shape and deep square crevices implore us to fill them with delicious, syrupy toppings.
Of course, fresh fruits are at home atop waffles too, but unexpected flavors work their magic even better – cornbread, pumpkin and even hot fudge. If you’re ready to ditch the Bisquick and give Mrs. Butterworth what she desires, check out these 4 waffle recipes that are sure to deliver sweetness, spice and everything nice.
Apple, Cheddar & Prosciutto Waffles
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, melted butter and eggs to combine, then stir this into the flour mixture. Fold in apple and cheddar. Brush hot waffle iron lightly with vegetable oil and dump about 1/2 cup of batter into each mold (more or less depending on the size of your iron–I used a Belgian waffle one). Top each waffle with a folded prosciutto slice and close iron. Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions until they’re browned and cooked through. Continue until batter is gone–makes about 4-5 waffles (more if you use a smaller iron). Serves 2-3. Recipe via 10thkitchen.com
Chili & Cornbread Waffle Stacks
Mix flours, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add egg, buttermilk, and oil and whisk until just combined. If batter seems too thick, add a tablespoon or more of buttermilk. Heat a waffle iron and pour batter onto hot griddles. Cook until waffles are lightly crispy and golden brown on the outside. Keep in a warm oven until ready to serve. Warm up chili on the stove top. While the chili is heating up, place a frying pan over medium heat. Crack 1-2 eggs at a time into the pan (depending on the size of your pan), keeping them separate. Allow to fry for 3-4 minutes or until the surface of the egg whites are cooked through. The middle should still be runny. I didn’t flip my eggs because they were cooked through already and I didn’t want to break the yolks, but you could flip and cook on the other side if you’re good at frying eggs. Stack waffles on a plate and top with a scoop of chili and a fried egg. Recipe via pinchofyum.com
Orange Cinnamon Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge
Whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder and set aside. In a double boiler over simmering hot water, melt the chocolate and butter. Meanwhile, heat the cream and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. As soon as steam begins to rise from the milk, whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder until they are dissolved. Keep this at a low simmer, and do not let boil. Once the chocolate and butter have melted in the double boiler, stir until smooth and then stir in the cocoa and milk mixture. Whisk for 2-3 minutes until it is slightly thickened. Pout into a heat-proof container and let cool. Rewarm in a double boiler or microwave as needed; otherwise, keep covered in the refrigerator. Recipe via dessertsforbreakfast.com
Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Toasted Pecan Butter
Toasted pecan butter
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Continue cooking until it turns an amber color and starts to smell nutty. Pour into a bowl to stop the cooking and let cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown butter, eggs, almond milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and pumpkin. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient until just combined. Heat your waffle iron and cook the batter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Continue making waffles until the batter is gone. Serve with maple syrup. Recipe via eatswellwithothers.com
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