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Valentines Waffles with Rose Syrup Strawberries & Crème Fraîche
It took me over two years after I got my waffle iron to find the perfect batter recipe. The big problem I was having was that the waffles only cooked one one side where I was pouring the batter into the iron, but not on top where I closed the lid. Needless to say I’ve become a lot more enthused by the art of waffling since I tried Lily Vanilli’s Buttermilk Waffles on Christmas morning from the December 2015 issue of Waitrose Food. Luckily, Valentines Day falls on a Sunday morning this year, which provides the perfect excuse to serve up a plate of waffles (with a glass or two of pink champagne!) to your loved one by way of a celebratory brunch.
Something else I’ve learnt over my pretty constant catalogue of waffle failures over the past few years is that you need to get to know your waffle iron; you’re never going to have perfect results first time. While I think this is a really good batter (you spoon rather than pour it, it is not too runny. Also, the combination of bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk creates an instant chemical reaction expanding the mixture as it cooks to help you fill you your iron so both sides cook evenly), I think it is also great that Lily’s recipe was actually designed for my Cuisinart Waffle Maker, which can only help. Though, as I said, just get used to your waffle iron. I know this batter mix makes 4 waffles if I put 3 generous spoonfuls in each side and do two batches.
This classic buttermilk waffle recipe is great for a Valentines Day brunch served with rose syrup, strawberries and creme fraiche.
10 Large Strawberries
1 tbsp Rose Cordial
4 tbsp Crème Fraîche
150g (6 oz) Plain (All Purpose) Flour
1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
1 tbsp Golden Caster (Granulated) Sugar
200ml (7 fl oz) Buttermilk
1 Large Egg
50g (3 tbsp) Melted Unsalted Butter
Oil in a spray bottle
Core and slice the strawberries. In a small bowl, combine them with the cordial and set them aside.
Plug in your waffle iron to heat up while you make the waffle batter.
Simply combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and salt in one bowl, and the buttermilk, egg and melted butter in the other. Gradually whisk the liquid mixture into the flour mixture.
Lightly spray each plate of the waffle iron with a little oil, and cook the waffles in batches. You’ll need to spray a little bit more oil between batches.
Divide between two warm plates, and spoon over the crème fraîche, the strawberries and the rose and strawberry juice at the bottom of the strawberry bowl.
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