Crisp, crunchy waffles, so popular in France, Belgium and the U.S, too, are a lovely treat for breakfast or brunch. To make these you will need a waffle iron that can be used on the stovetop or an electric waffle maker.
SERVES: 4 (MAKES ABOUT 8 WAFFLES)
PREPARATION: 20 MINUTES
COOKING: 15 MINUTES
1 teaspoon (5 ml) butter, for greasing
3/4 cup (110 g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder
1 tablespoon (15 ml) superfine sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 cup (250 ml) low-fat milk
1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter, melted
11/2 tablespoons (22 ml) finely chopped pecans
1 large, ripe pear
1/3 cup (75 ml) pure maple syrup
1/2 cup (50 g) pecans
3/4 cup (100 g) blackberries
Step 1: To make the maple and blackberry sauce, cut the pear lengthwise into quarters and cut out the core, then cut the pear into small dice. Put the pear and maple syrup in a small heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat to warm through, then remove from the heat. Stir in the pecans and blackberries. Set aside.
Step 2: Heat and lightly grease the waffle iron or electric waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: Meanwhile, to make the batter, sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the center, then add the egg yolk and milk to the well. Gently whisk the egg yolk and milk together, and gradually whisk in the flour to make a thick, smooth batter. Whisk in the melted butter, and stir in the chopped pecans.
Step 4: Whisk the egg white in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Pile the egg white on top of the batter and, using a large metal spoon, fold it in gently.
Step 5: Spoon 3–4 tablespoons (45–60 ml) of batter into the center of the hot waffle iron or maker, then close the lid tightly. If using a waffle iron on the stovetop, cook for about 30 seconds, then turn the waffle iron over and cook for another 30 seconds. Open the waffle iron: The waffle should be golden brown on both sides and should come away easily from the iron. If using an electric waffle maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions (usually allow 2–3 minutes for each waffle). Keep warm while cooking the rest of the waffles.
Step 6: Just before all the waffles are ready, gently warm the fruit sauce. Serve with the warm waffles.
Each serving (2 waffles) provides
426 calories, 9 g protein, 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 g carbohydrate (32 g sugars), 5 g fiber, 158 mg sodium.
Waffles with blackberry sauce