Chocolate waffles supreme!
Here’s a seriously yummy way to enjoy the last of the summer fruit before winter sneaks in. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where there was always an abundance of fresh, locally grown fruit & veg. Our friend Steve jokes that everything I’ve ever cooked for him (and his family) has had fruit in it. Well he may have a point, so not to break from tradition, these blueberries are for you, Steve.
My sister and her family lived with us for a few months some years ago and they named our home Blueberry Lodge. Not only because it is painted deep blue, but also because we take our weekends breakfasts seriously, and they usually consist of blueberry pancakes or waffles with strawberries & blueberries. According to her, it’s what we’re “famous” for. (and by famous I think she’s limiting that to within our crazy family)
Here is one of the kid’s concoctions. Everyone has their own waffle style in our house.
I usually make the old bog standard waffle recipe, except I switch half the white flour for wholewheat plus a smidge extra because it has less gluten, and I add flax seeds for a spot of Omega 3. I find the wholewheat flour, aside from being healthier, gives a much better texture to the waffle.
When they come out the waffle maker crisp & hot, we either sprinkle chocolate chips or spread Nutella on them so that the chocolate melts while the waffle’s still warm. Next comes lashing of organic cream whipped thick (not that airy crap that comes in a can). And finally the fruit. Lots and lots of fruit! I’m talking super delicious here people, and if you can close your eyes to the cream & bit of chocolate, they’re pretty healthy.
But just like on America’s Got Talent, they have to “take it up a notch” and “take it to the next level!” This summer I was craving chocolate, as one does, decided to experiment with a chocolate waffle batter. And can I just say, uh, if waffle making could get me on America’s Got Talent, I think you might just vote for me. It just looks like a brown ol’ waffle, but when you bite into it and get the double hit of chocolate, with the thick whipped cream and juicy fresh fruit, it’s just roll your li’l eyeballs back into their lids good stuff fit for a sleepy Sunday morning.
Check it out, Baby!
And not being one to keep family recipes a secret, I thought I’d share so that you can taste these suckers for yourself. Here it is:
3 Eggs – beaten
1/2 cup Oil
1/2 cups milk
1 cup Wholewheat Flour
1/2 cup Unbleached Cake Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Flax Seeds
1/2 tsp Salt
3 tbsp sugar
Mix the egg, oil & milk together. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour wet ingredients into a well in the flour mixture and stir well. Pour batter into preheated waffle iron, While they cook cut up your fruit & beat your cream. Again – no cream out a can. It’s just not the same. Syrup on top is optional. If you’re cutting back on fat, yoghurt makes a still yummy alternative for the cream, and it is a well-documented fact that dark chocolate is healthy for you so break up some good dark chocolate instead of the Nutella. You wouldn’t want to skimp on the chocolate now would you???
TIP: Use all the batter up, and cool the waffles you don’t eat. Then pop them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for the next Sunday morning!
And if all goes according to plan you should look like this afterwards…