Sunday, 14 January 2018

Home made waffles & fruit ....

Hi everyone

January always seems to be such a busy start to the year as my students restart, the festive traditions take up time & then early family birthdays.

Youngest had her birthday today  & while overnighting in the lovely Pointers End Cottage of A Wondering Star daughter, her & hubby Andy made a birthday breakfast.

They are in the process of starting renovations on their 1860's Victorian Cottage this year so do stop over at her blogs regularly to catch up on the progress. It is renamed Pointers End because of their Vizslas dogs Apollo & Aura  ...

They tempted us all with their speciality of homemade waffles & fruit.  Those who follow her blog know that they are keen cooks & very accomplished at breakfasts too.

They regularly use this waffle recipe from the Minimalist Baker's website.

Ingredients
WAFFLES
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive, canola, or melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • heaping 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
OPTIONAL ADD-INS:
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped bananas or other fresh fruit
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk and vinegar in a small mixing bowl and let set for a few minutes to curdle/activate. Then add olive oil, agave nectar or maple syrup and whisk. Set aside.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well incorporated. Test batter for sweetness and flavor. Add more sweetener or some vanilla extract if desired. I added a touch more agave.
  4. Let set for 5-10 minutes while your waffle iron preheats. (I set mine to 4 out of 5 for a crispier waffle, but adjust yours according to preference.)
  5. Once waffle iron is ready, generously coat with non-stick spray and pour on about 1/2 cup of batter. Cook according to manufacturer instructions and then remove and place on a baking rack in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. Do not stack and instead keep them in a single layer to ensure crispiness remains.
  6. Serve immediately with desired toppings, such as fresh cherry-berry compote and more maple syrup. Store leftovers in a freezer safe bag and reheat in the toaster for best results (see notes for more instructions). Will keep in the freezer for up to a couple of months, although they're freshest within the first couple of weeks.


Pat added a ripe banana to the mixture & pulsed it. They fortunately have a waffle maker  .... 


Looking good .... 


While they were busy making the waffles, Stacy & I cut up some lovely fruit for our healthy fix - no fresh blue berries so we relied on frozen ones. Don't you just feel healthier looking at the lovely fresh fruit?


Some bacon & maple syrup, natural yoghurt and fresh orange juice to complete the lovely birthday breakfast! 


It was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday & best of all, it comprised of organic ingredients to give everyone a winter health boost! 

Thank you A Wondering Star - it is always so lovely to overnight at your beautiful cottage
Dee ~♥~

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