Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whole Wheat Waffles made with Love!

Breakfast is such an amazing meal. Be it with eggs, coffee, orange juice, or even a mimosa, it makes the start of the day and even afternoon hearty and fun. On the weekends, having such busy schedules during the week days, my husband and I like to have a big brunch on Saturday or Sunday. It our day to  spend time together over good food and tasty coffee.

This weekend, after having only been up for a few minutes, I had an idea! I kid you not when I say I got out of bed, went to the kitchen, and started whipping up waffle batter. My husband even checked to see if I were sleep walking or just plain mad!

But, we had whole wheat flour, plenty of egg whites, and being a condiment fan, we have at least 4 flavors of syrup. I also started to get some back from my herb garden, and my mint chocolate leaves are gorgeous and in full season.

I almost put flax seeds into these, but decided to leave them plain. And I must say the hints of vanilla, the kiss of sweetness, and then the cinnamon syrup and melted butter -- My weekend began to paint itself into a gorgeous afternoon!

Being such a successful spur-of-the-moment-pj-recipe, I simply had to share! I mean, who doesn't like waffles?

Homemade Whole Wheat Waffles
What You Need:
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tbsp _+ 1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3 Egg Whites*
2 Egg Yolks
1 tbsp Vanilla
5 tbsp Melted Butter
1 tsp Salt
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
2 1/4 cups Water*

These are super simple to make, and fun for the family to join in the kitchen. To start, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the water, melted butter, and vanilla. If your batter is way too thick and stiff, add a bit more water. Finally, whisk in the egg yolks and salt.

Next, beat the 3 eggs whites until stiff peaks form. Add the lemon zest to the flour batter, then gently fold the egg whites into the batter. This will lighten it, aerating the flour micture. The goal is to give lift to your waffles making them soft and fluffy.

Heat your waffle iron, and ladle in about 3/4 cup (for large irons) 1/2 cup for belgium irons. Heat until crisp and light!

I hope you enjoy! These would be awesome with mashed banana added to the batter, or pumpkin and spices, or bacon, or anything! Isn't breakfast just so much fun!?

Thanks for coming to our house for Brunch!

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