Waffles for Breakfast: Cranberry Walnut Waffle and Chocolate Almond Waffle
Waffles are delicious, nutritious, and healthy breakfast, but that depends on the ingredients you use. So it is up to you to choose what you put in and on the waffle. You can get creative and add many kinds of ingredients to your waffle to make it more exciting. They are easy and fun to make. One thing you will need is a waffle maker. There are variety of them on the market from very reasonable to expensive ones. It is worth investing in a waffle maker because it helps make the most important meal of the day, breakfast more enjoyable, and delightful.
In my household waffles has made many a Saturday morning breakfast a memorable experience. There were many Saturday mornings after a late night of watching movies, or just socializing, I and other members of the family had no intention of getting up before 11 am in the morning. But then when an early riser calls out “Waffles are ready come and get it.” No one could resist. Everyone jumps out of bed and soon gather at the kitchen table wolfing down waffles with home made fruit sauce and topped with strawberries and bananas, whole wheat walnut, and cranberry waffles with maple syrup, or it could be chocolate, nuts, and cranberry waffles or many other variations of toppings like yogurt, sour cream, or whipped cream. The following are some of the recipes for waffles I find absolutely delicious and satisfying.
Whole Wheat Waffles with Cranberries and Walnuts
¾ cup whole wheat flower
¼ cup wheat bran
2Tbsp wheat germ
¾ cup milk
1 egg separated
1 Tbsp honey
1/3 cups walnuts chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberry pieces
2 Tbsp butter melted and cooled
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
Beat egg white until stiff in a small bowl
Combine egg yolk, milk, and melted butter.
Add the egg yolk, milk, and butter mixture to the dry ingredients mix only until large lumps disappear.
Fold in beaten egg white until just blended.
Do not over beat batter.
Bake the waffle in a waffler as directed below.
Enjoy with maple syrup and or your favorite fruit toppings such as strawberries, apples, kiwi, etc. or top with yogurt, sour cream or whip cream.
Prepare the waffle maker
Set the waffle browning control to your desired level. It is best to start out by setting it between 3 and 4. You can adjust later to your liking. If you want a lighter waffle you should lower the number and if you want a darker, crispier waffle then you should set it to a higher number. Various batters will also cook differently. With experience you will learn the perfect setting for each type.
Close the waffle and plug it into an outlet. The red indicator light will come on to show the waffle has started preheating.
It will take 5 to 8 minutes for it to be ready.
Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle grids with vegetable oil using a pastry brush.
When baking temperature is reached the green light will go on and the waffle tone will sound.
Ladle just enough batter to cover the peak areas of the lower grid.
If called for use a spatula to spread the batter to all corners of the grid.
At this time the green light will go off as the baking cycle begins.
Close the waffle maker and do not open it for at least 1 ½ minutes. Opening the waffle too soon will cause the unbaked waffle to break off and that will make it hard to remove the waffle from the waffle maker.
The green light will go on and the waffle tone will sound according to the browning control setting you have chosen.
If you find they are too light close the lead back down and continue baking until you get the desired color.
Remove the waffle with a non-metallic utensil.
For best results for your next waffle close the lead and wait until the green light comes on and waffle tone sounds.
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Chocolate, Almond Waffle
Here is another Waffle more like desert but is still healthy and nutritious.
1 ½ cup flour
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cup milk
½ cup butter
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1 ½ tsp vanilla (optional)
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
In a small sauce pan melt the chocolate and butter. Make sure you don’t burn the chocolate.
Let it cool.
Beat the eggs until fluffy in a mixing bowl and add the chocolate mixture and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.
Bake as specified above.
Enjoy with your favorite syrup or fruit toppings or both.
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