Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fruit and Oat Waffles

Another waffle recipe!
If you don't have a waffle iron, get one! I LOVE waffles! They're super easy to make with basic pantry staples, and always make breakfast look a little more special.
I needed to use up some about-to-expire apricots and blueberries yesterday, and this is the yummy result!

Fruit and Oat Waffles

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. quick-rise yeast (I just cut open a packet and measure some out)
pinch salt
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons oil
1 cup plant milk + a few Tablespoons more as needed (I use almond)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar or sweetener of choice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla OR almond extract
1 teaspoon baking powder (yes, you use both yeast and baking powder, I don't know why, but it works best this way)
1 cup finely chopped stone fruit: peaches, apricots, cherries, plums - whatever

Combine all ingredients except for the baking powder and fruit in your blender or food processor, and whiz away until it's fairly smooth.
Add more milk if needed to achieve a fairly thick, but pourable, batter.
Transfer blended batter to bowl and let sit for 30 min (or in fridge overnight). When you're ready to make the waffles, thoroughly stir in baking powder, and then gently fold in chopped fruit.
You may need to add more milk at this time too, the batter will have thickened.
Prepare waffles according to your waffle iron instructions, baking until little-to-no steam comes out, to ensure they're done in the middle.
Also, make sure to grease the waffle iron well.
 If the batter becomes to thick at any time, just blend in a little extra milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Top with syrup, fresh fruit or a fruit sauce of your choice.

 Fresh Berry Sauce

 (I dislike "cooked" fruit so this sauce has most of the berries gently folded in at the last to preserve their bright flavor).

Bring the following to a low boil stirring with a wire whisk as needed:
 2 cups water
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup well crushed fresh berries of your choice

 In a separate bowl, mix:
2 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup cold water until there are no lumps.

Once water and sugar have come to a boil, pour cornstarch mixture in and whisk with wire whisk. Reduce heat to medium high but keep just boiling.
Continue to whisk until mixture thickens and starts to turn clear-ish/less cloudy.
Remove from heat. If it wants to scorch, you may need to remove from heat sooner.
 Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
 Just before serving, thoroughly mix in 2 - 3 cups fresh berries of your choice, stemmed, rinsed (and if strawberries, cut into chunks).

 This will give you a beautiful, bright and very fresh-tasting fruit sauce for ice-cream, waffles, shortcake, whatever sounds good...

You can top with a vegan whip cream if desired.


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh that looks so yummy!! waffles are the ultimate comfort food!