Here is something simple to start your Valentines day!  I had been wanting to try this specific recipe with my cute little valentine waffle iron. It had a few new ingredients than your average waffle mix and it looked like it might be lighter and tastier. Well my results turned out a little bit different from what I expected. But it may have only been something minor; not sure if my yeast is going off. It’s the only thing I could think of as it foamed up, but not that much. My famous bread yeast batches can look like a bloody good stout beer foam. This barely had 1/2″ of foam on top. My batter was super thick and super gooey! Hmmm, don’t think that was how it was suppose to turn out, but they still tasted mighty yummy. You have to wait an hour for the batter to settle, so if you are famished you are going to have to distract yourself until you can pour this onto your plate. Happy Valentines Day to all.

Here’s all you do:

Classic Belgian Waffles

1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup very warm water, 110˚-115˚
¼ cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, separated
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
powdered sugar, for dusting, if desired
butter and maple syrup, if desired

1. In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the water. Add the yeast and stir to combine; let mixture sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, stir the flour with the salt. Whisk in the yeast mixture, milk, butter, egg yolks and vanilla until smooth.

3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold them into the batter and let stand for 1 hour.

4. Preheat the oven to 225°. Heat and grease a Belgian waffle iron. Pour the batter into the iron and cook until the waffles are golden, 3-5 minutes, depending on your waffle maker. Transfer the waffles to the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter. Dust the waffles with powdered sugar or serve with butter and warm syrup. You can also top these waffles with fresh fruit.

PS It’s not letting me upload photos (my mistake for not paying attention to sizing them properly when I got my new camera) but you can see the photos on my website later at http://www.chanteusedesigns.com

Bon Appétit

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