Saturday, April 27, 2013

Strawberry Buttermilk Waffles With Wanna-Be Strawberry Coulis

Sunday is waffle day in our house.

When I was growing up it was always pancake day, but Geeky Dude is not a pancake fan unless they're full of stuff, like chocolate chips or fruit, and even then he's hard pressed to love them because they get soggy too quickly. 

Waffles on the other hand are the creme de la creme of the breakfast foods that you can smother in butter, powdered sugar and maple syrup. (This is actually a lie, waffles are a second to crepes, which I have not attempted to make despite having received a very nice crepe-type-pan (I actually think it's a fajita pan, but it would totally work for crepes!) last Christmas from Geeky Dude's sister. Geeky Dude's mom is an epic crepe maker and there really is just no living up to that). 

This whole wedding thing has been so very stressful on...well...everyone and Geeky Dude has been amazing, so I promised him waffles this weekend. He of course didn't want to wait until Sunday once I even suggested the idea so I woke up bright and early this morning and went out to the store while he slept in to purchase some key ingredients we were missing. 

The recipe is our go-to from our favorite food blogger, Deb over at Smitten Kitchen however, after making it several times, I've adapted it ever so slightly. 

Like our awesome plates? I'll link to the potter at the end of this post!

Strawberry Buttermilk Waffles with Wanna-Be Strawberry Coulis

Serves 4 to 6
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 3/4 cups buttermilk* or 1 1/2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt thinned with 1/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint strawberries, hulled, purred and set aside
Canola or other neutral oil for brushing on waffle pan (I used Pam baking spray)

Combine the dry ingredients. 

Mix, Black Betty, Mix!!!

Mix together the buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt, egg yolks and 1/2 of the strawberry puree (or as I like to call it wanna-be coulis). It will look like funky strawberry milk. I don't recommend trying to drink it, however. 

Mmm, buttermilk strawberry milk!

Stir in the butter and vanilla.
Brush the waffle iron lightly with oil and preheat it. 
Stir the wet into the dry ingredients
Beat the egg whites with the whisk or electric mixer (You will hate life if you are not using an electric mixer) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter.

Spread a ladleful or so (depending on the size of your waffle iron) of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. 

Cook me!!
Serve immediately with remaining "coulis" and maple syrup or keep warm for a few minutes in a low oven.

* The buttermilk can be substituted with 1 1/4 cups of milk at room temperature, mixed with two tablespoons white vinegar, left to clabber for 10 minutes.

Pottery courtesy of  Brickyard Pottery


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