Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chocolate Waffles with Strawberry Sauce

These waffles were wonderful. Do you know why? Because they taste like waffles. But not like a regular waffle. Like a chocolate waffle.

Am I stating the obvious here?

I have just been jaded by a few recipes in the past that have claimed to be chocolate waffles and turned out badly. I've had one or two that tasted like watered down cocoa powder and others that could not be differentiated from chocolate cake. Ok, so the cake like one wasn't bad, it just didn't quite feel like breakfast.

But these really do. They're awesome! They have just the right amount of chocolate flavor with little bursts of chocolate chips in every bite. And they maintain the texture of a classic waffle.

Plus the slightly tart strawberry sauce pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the chocolate.

I thought they were perfect for Valentine's day, but they could easily be a special birthday treat. Or you could serve them in wedges for dessert! 
Chocolate Waffles with Strawberry Sauce
Adapted from Our Best Bites

  • 2/3 C flour
  • 2/3 C corn starch
  • ¼ C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1/8 t cinnamon
  • 6 T sugar
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/3 C vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup (or more) chocolate chips
  • 2-3 cups strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup strawberry jam
  • 2 T hot water
  • powdered sugar (to taste)

    Start with your strawberry sauce. Combine jam and warm water and whisk until smooth. Add in your sliced berries and smash a few with a fork. Add a little powdered sugar for sweetness if you'd like. Set aside.

    Preheat and grease your waffle iron. (If needed) Combine flour, corn starch, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder baking soda and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. 

In another bowl, whisk together sugar, milk, oil, egg and vanilla until frothy. (About a minute)

Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, whisking to combine. Do not over stir. Note that the batter will be thin.

Add chocolate chips and give it a good stir before you ladle it into the iron. (It's better to ladle than to pour because you can scoop up those precious chocolate chips! Otherwise they get lost in the bottom of the bowl and never get to fulfill the measure of their creation. And that would be tragic.)

Cook until your waffle iron says so. Be careful not to burn, as you won't be able to tell so much with the dark waffles! Pay attention to texture instead. 

Top with some powdered sugar and your gorgeous strawberry sauce.

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day. Here are a few snippets of our week of love...

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