Thursday, March 19, 2009

Springtime Strawberry Belgian Waffles

I hadn't really noticed that spring was springing up on me. Yesterday I took my two charges to the park, bundled up in hooded sweatshirts and thick wooly knee socks. It turned out to be 80 degrees. The other park children, the ones with sensible mothers, were running around in tshirts, shorts, and sockless flip flop feet, covered in a prudent layer of sunscreen. I wore a turquoise cardigan, jeans and my newish hot pink trench coat that I bought at tar-jay and just love to pieces. Not many minutes had passed before I was forced to strip down the layers, even my newish hot pink trench coat that I love to pieces, and put on my sunglasses, roll up my jeans, take off my shoes and socks. And it struck me that spring has really sprung. It's really official on Friday, the proper first day of spring. It makes me want to climb up an apple tree, fly a kite, plant some seeds, and roll around in the grass-or at the very least watch my charges do these things. Spring is the most lighthearted but fleeting of all the seasons, so why not celebrate its arrival with a happy-go-lucky breakfast of strawberry belgian waffles? And I'm not packing up my newish trench coat just yet; the weather is dipping back down on Sunday. All the more reason to enjoy the strawberry flavor of spring sunshine while it lasts!

Money Saving Tips: Skip going out for breakfast and save money by making this inexpensive breakfast at home. Waffles are made from inexpensive basics, like flour, eggs, and of course some butter for nice crispy edges. If you're short on time, you could always whip up a waffle mix and I'm sure no one will complain. Shop around for strawberries on sale. I paid 1.99 and it was worth every penny.
Strawberry Belgian Waffles
Estimated Cost: $6.00 for about 6 waffles and strawberries
Notes: It isn't absolutely necessary to separate the eggs and beat the whites, but the waffles will be extra light and crispy if you do.
1 and 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk or milk
strawberries, maple or pancake syrup, whipped cream for serving
In a medium bowl. combine flour, powder, soda, sugar and salt. In a separage bowl, combine egg yolks, butter, and milk. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add butter mixture very gently to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Add egg whites and very very very gently stir into mixture. (It's Ok to have a few white streaks in the batter.) Cook according to the directions on your waffle maker. Serve with strawberries, syrup and whipped cream.
Next Up:
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

20 comments:

gigi said...

Sunshine, strawberries and Spring! Can't think of a better combination!
Happy Spring, Prudy dear :)

Jillian said...

What a perfect springtime breakfast!

Coleen's Recipes said...

The waffles look SO inviting! It will be another month before we see any signs of spring here. We will have FEET of snow and near single digit temperatures at night. But I can "pretend" can't I?

Who Me?! said...

Boy, I don't think Spring will EVER be here. 80 degrees? I want to be where you are!

Marthe said...

The waffles look too good! Yum!!

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Allie said...

We were in the upper 80's last week and now back in the 60's I was excited it was starting to warm up, but guess it realized it was too early!

Mary Ann said...

I will eat this breakfast anytime of year. What a treat!

deltawhiskey.us said...

I think I just figured out what I'm going to make for breakfast tomorrow morning. I'm taking a vacation day. It's just too pretty to be couped up in an office.

~Cat

Sophie said...

Here's to the best breakfast ever! This was my study/comfort food in college, topped with cinnamon and sugar and served with fresh strawberries :).

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

YUM!

Catherine said...

I just barely dug out my belgian waffle iron that I got as a wedding gift (I won't say how many years ago. =) ) and I've been waiting for the perfect waffle recipe for it's maiden voyage, so thankyou Prudy, we'll be eating these delicious waffles for breakfast tommorow morning!

Cathy said...

Yum! I might just add some bacon and call this dinner. My picky brood will devour these waffles!

Sharon said...

Can't go wrong with waffles and strawberries!

The Blonde Duck said...

I just had waffles for dinner last night! Yum!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Oh yes, Spring sprung and it's now time for strawberry waffles!

Marjie said...

I go through a batch of waffle batter twice that size every day when the hungry horde is home. I don't separate eggs, either, because it's so much work for so little reward, relatively speaking, so I'm testifying to the goodness of your recipe for all of your fans (since mine is very similar)! Lucky you with 80 degree weather. At least I don't have FEET of snow like poor Coleen! Praise the 36 degree days, and waiting for spring here!

Michal said...

we had strawberry belgian waffles for breakfast this morning (kimball's birthday). they were scrumptious and i'm tempted to have them again for dinner!:)

Jeena said...

These waffles look so delightful Prudy.

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