Monday, June 29, 2009

Simply Vanilla Waffles

Every Saturday or Sunday morning we like to have some especial breakfast treat. This Saturday we decided to dress up those simply vanilla waffles with some pine nuts and fresh strawberries, and this is how we did it:


- For the Vanilla Waffles:

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 1/2 tspn. baking powder
3/4 tspn. baking soda
3/4 tspn. salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 large egg
3 Tbspn. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tspn. Vanilla extract

- For garnish:

1/2 cup Pine Nuts
2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
Maple syrup (or the kind you normally use for your hot cakes or waffles)
Whipping Cream


Preheat your waffle maker and your stove oven to 200ºF. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract to blend. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.

Ladle about 1/2 cup of the waffle batter onto your waffle maker (this may vary depending on your waffle maker size and shape). Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until your green light is on, or until the waffle is golden and crisp on the outside and cooked through. Transfer the waffles to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven while cooking the remaining waffles.

To assemble the plate: Layer one waffle on the bottom, spread some butter, maple syrup, a few pine nuts and few strawberries. Put another waffle on top and repeat the process. Add a dullop of whipping cream and some more maple syrup.

Source: Adapted from "Relaxed cooking with Curtis Stone"

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