What’s better than gathering the troops, our most loved family and friends, at their brightest eyed and bushiest tailed to break bread over steaming hot coffee, luscious baked goods and savory brunch fare? Not a whole lot, especially around the holidays when everyone is maxed out on cheer and boozed up coffee… or maybe that’s just our family.
We have a pretty cut and dried schedule for Holiday celebrations; Christmas Eve at my Mom and Step-Dads, Christmas Day with my husband’s extended family, Boxing Day in Cornwall with my Dad and his extended family. Fitting in any “extras” is often tough, but we try to host brunch for some of our dearest friends as a way to celebrate another year passing, lately with some mega adult milestones (new babies, new homes, new partners or weddings) that warrant a formal table, linen napkins and maybe even a bottle of something bubbly and crisp.
These waffles make a nourishing and simple brunch when company calls, arranged or otherwise, over the holidays. Pop a bottle of bubbles in the fridge before you start mixing, toss together some fresh fruit with mint/honey and lime juice and by the time the cozy scent of these waffles fills the air, you’ll be ready with an elegant brunch that you can sit down and enjoy (something we, as hosts, don’t always remember to do when we’re entertaining but we should, gad dangit).
I love the toothsome crunch of the grains in these wholesome waffles. They taste like fresh-from-the-oven banana bread with a spicy warmth from the addition of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon and a nutty crunch from a spatter of poppy seeds. The espresso syrup brings it all home balancing the sweetness with a bitter hit from the coffee. It’s everything that makes breakfast great, in one perfect waffle.
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- 2 cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
- ½ cup (113 g) melted butter
- 2 medium bananas, mashed (about ¾ cup or 230 g)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine and break up any lumps. Make a well in the centre.
- Separate the eggs. Place the whites in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Add the yolks to a mixing bowl along with the melted butter, milk, and mashed bananas. Mix to combine.
- Use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, mixing for about a minute.
- Pour the banana mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Some small lumps are fine, but streaks of flour are not.
- Add the beaten egg whites to the batter and use a spatula to carefully fold them in. The batter should be very light and fluffy. Set aside.
- Heat your waffle iron until hot, then grease both sides with more butter.
- Pour the batter into your waffle iron* and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep waffles hot in a warm oven before serving if desired. Top with maple syrup and any other toppings you like, and serve.
* The waffles pictured are about ¾ cup of batter each, but this will vary based on the iron used, as will baking time.
• Leftover waffles freeze well and can be reheated in the toaster.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g
This is an approximation of the nutrition offered in this recipe, and is created using a nutrition calculator.