Weekends are for making brunch and since it’s Friday, I thought I would get you excited about preparing a meal worthy of a Saturday or Sunday. Waffles are always a favorite and should be light and crispy. The way to achieve this is by using buttermilk, which has acid and provides the right crispy texture to each and every square. The trick to keeping them crunchy after coming out of the iron is to let them air dry a few seconds, so you don’t lose that awesome texture. I think I learned that from watching Martha Stewart, many years ago.
My grandson is a chocolate lover, even for breakfast, and adding a handful of mini chips to the batter gives these waffles the slightest chocolaty taste. It’s never a bad thing to indulge on simple pleasures every so often, and this breakfast is definitely worth the splurge. The flavors of these waffles are similar to a chocolate croissant and I think the crunchy exterior will give you the same toothsome satisfaction.
This recipe makes about eight waffle squares, but it depends upon the size of your waffle iron. I like to serve these with fresh strawberries, if in season, and a dusting of powdered sugar with a drizzle of good maple syrup. You can wrap and freeze the leftover waffles for during the week and heat them up quickly in your toaster.
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup water
1 cup mini chocolate chips
powdered sugar, optional
1. Preheat waffle iron to high. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together to remove any lumps. Make a well in center of flour and add eggs, vanilla and buttermilk. Whisk until combined, mixture will be quite thick.
2. Add melted butter and water, continue whisking until smooth. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray or brush with butter. Pour batter into waffle iron, until almost reaching sides. Press lid down and cook until golden brown.
3. Remove waffle from iron and slice into squares. Cool on a rack, while you prepare other waffles. Air drying keeps them crunchy. Serve with strawberries, a dusting of powdered sugar and some delicious maple syrup. Enjoy!