While one of my fellow editors enjoys a leisurely meal on her front patio this Mother's Day, I'll be celebrating with classic breakfast food: waffles. Since I hate choosing between sweet and savory dishes when out to brunch, I'm going to eliminate the choice on Sunday and serve breakfast options that satisfy a penchant for both sugar and salt.
We'll begin with waffles served the traditional Belgian way, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. To up the ante, I'm also including freshly whipped cream and strawberries to top them off. And before any palates suffer from sweet fatigue, I'll bring in a savory version, studded with chives, rosemary, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, then topped with irresistible bacon and poached eggs. Envious? Stun your mom with the same choices when you read more.
I was at my vacation house when an intense craving for homemade waffles hit. Since it was snowing heavily, we had to make waffles with the ingredients in the kitchen. The recipe called for buttermilk, and rather than find another recipe, I decided to make the simple substitution for buttermilk that is a combination of milk and lemon juice.
Here's the easy recipe:
- Place a tablespoon of lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
- Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
- Let stand for five minutes. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.
I needed two cups of buttermilk, so I started with two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and then filled it up with milk. The waffles turned out perfectly and were insanely comforting.
Have you ever used this substitution for buttermilk?
After a rich, savory brunch have the young mother open up her gifts. While guests shower the lady of honor with baby toys, set up a small Belgian waffle bar. Place the batter in a pretty pitcher and plug in several waffle irons. Stack plates and arrange toppings — chocolate sauce, whipped cream, fresh berries, maple syrup, etc. — buffet style near the waffle irons. Once all the presents have been opened, invite everyone to Belgian waffles. For a more diverse spread, purchase dainty pastries from your favorite bakery. To see the waffle recipe I'll be using for Denise's baby shower, read more
When we were in Los Angeles for the Sugar Party, a bunch of us ended up grabbing breakfast at the infamous Saddle Ranch. Little did we know that five plates could have fed 10 people or more! The portions were ridiculously large, and we all started talking about how out of control portions at restaurants can be. Do you think that's true?
While I absolutely adore toast, I definitely have a special place in my heart for waffles. If I have to choose between waffles and pancakes, waffles definitely win. I love the crispiness of the edges, and the way they cradle the syrup in their crevices.
If you love waffles as much as I do, then you'll be thrilled to hear that today is International Waffle Day. Want to learn more about waffles? Take our quiz! Ready?Take the Quiz
I was perusing the dairy section of my local Whole Foods Market when something caught my eye. There, on the top shelf, glinting like a jewel, was Organic Batter Blaster. At first I thought, WHAT??? WHY IS THIS HERE? I thought Batter Blaster would end up as one of those weird products — like HeadOn — that you hear about but never see. Then, once the shock wore off, I remembered that I was at Whole Foods, and that they have a pretty high
standard when it comes to products they sell. So I did what every other foodie would have done: I picked up a can and put it in my cart.
Let me say right now, this product is surprisingly good. I was highly skeptical, and a bit worried by it, however, in the end it won me over. The batter itself oozes out of the can — I was expecting more of a high-powered spray like whip cream — and is a little difficult to shape, but not impossible. The flavor is like your standard fluffy pancake, only a tad sweeter. I've definitely had much, much worse at diners across America.
Would I buy this product again? Probably not, however I could see where it would come in handy. In just a few short minutes, we were eating our fill of pancakes. If I were a hungover college student or a busy mom, and just wanted to have decent tasting pancakes for myself or my brood, then it would definitely make sense. The ingredient list didn't look too weird — the first two ingredients are filtered water and organic wheat flour — they were super simple to make, and as the checkout guy at Whole Foods said, "Hey, sometimes you just want one pancake."
Have you seen Batter Blaster at your store? If so, will you end up trying it?
A fixed oven means these delectable banana oatmeal waffles will stay warm while you finish cooking up the batch. Personally, I don't think I'd have to use the oven. The batch would be devoured before the plate hit the table! — Jumbo Empanadas