Easy Waffles Recipe ~ Everyone Loves Waffles!

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Tasty Waffles with Cherry Sauce
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The thought of making Waffles scares some people. I think because it takes a special piece of equipment. Never fear! You don’t need a fancy or expensive waffle iron – Bruce uses his mom’s 40 year old hand-me-down. After a little seasoning by use, it works great. So don’t be afraid to get one cheap, on ebay, or at a yard sale. 

We have Waffles for either breakfast or dinner nearly once a month, so it is worth owning a waffle iron. I have a friend who loves making both omelets and hashed brown potatoes in hers, so hers does triple duty – earning it’s keep. We haven’t tried either yet, but they sound good to me! 🙂

Our family loves when Bruce makes Waffles. Once you master the time & temp amounts, waffles are an easy, comforting go-to hard-day dinner, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. At the bottom of this page, please find a Healthy Waffle Recipe, and one for our yummy Warm Apple Compote. Alrighty then. You Ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

Easy Waffles

Servings: 4 Waffles

DRY Ingredients:

1 cup All Purpose flour

2 T baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 T corn starch or tapioca flour

 

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Easy Waffles with Poached Blueberries
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WET Ingredients:

1 cup milk

2 T melted unsalted butter

1 T sugar

2 eggs

Almond extract

Equipment:

Wire whip, 2 mixing bowls (approximately 2 quart size), waffle maker, 4 ounce ladle, spray oil

Method:

  1. Place all dry ingredients in one mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whip.
  2. Place all wet ingredients in the other mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Using the whip or fork, stir only until combined. Do not over mix. Batter must rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn on waffle maker to high temp. When waffle maker is at high temp, lightly spray the cooking surface.
  5. Ladle 4 ounces of the batter onto the cooking surface
  6. You will have to experiment with the temp and time, as each waffle maker varies in cooking time

Top with sliced fruit, toasted nuts, warm compote, honey, etc, – and enjoy!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

 

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Tasty Healthy Waffles

 

 

Sweet Red Rice Porridge ~ An Underappreciated Breakfast Treat ~ Recipe: Khao Deng Ruby Red Rice Porridge

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Serves 4  *  Prep and cooking time: 1 hour

Our story begins on the gorgeous Island of Bali, Indonesia. This was our dream trip, using Bruce’s 50th Birthday as an excuse to spend more than we could afford to do something amazing. Anyway, It was at our quaint  and beautiful inn, Alam Jiwa, situated on the outskirts of Ubud, Bali (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) we first encountered Sweet Rice Porridge. We had never had anything of the sort, so we were very curious to try it.

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Room Service Breakfast at Alam Jiwa, Bali

They use “forbidden” black rice, sweet milk and bananas, and it tasted like heaven!

Maybe it was the smell of frangipani in the air, but we were hooked.

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Black Rice Porridge, Bali

After returning to the States, Bruce decided to give it a go. He experiment with various rices and grains, but this red rice one was lovely, so this is the one we are posting today. ~ jw

Bruce Says: “Red rice should not be confused with white, brown or wild rice. Red rice has a layered flavor profile of juicy fruits, earth and wheat berries. The rice never sticks together so you could try it with pasta and couscous recipes. It is just excellent for breakfast porridge. This rice simply makes me feel healthier when I eat it.

This recipe takes very little effort, so it really works well when I want a real breakfast, but don’t want a big cleanup, or lots of pots and pans. Sometime around 8am, Jane and I are enjoying one of her exotic coffee selections. Yum. At the same time I go to the kitchen to refill our mugs, I throw the rice on the stove, and set a timer. Thirty minutes later, I turn off the stove, and refill my coffee mug. In 20 more minutes I remove the lid, add the remaining ingredients, bring to a hard boil, and we are having breakfast. Total cleanup is one wood spoon, one 3 quart sauce pot & lid and one measuring cup. This recipe just works well with my morning routine. It looks demure, but tastes wonderful.”

Here is my easy recipe for Sweet Red Rice Breakfast Porridge

 * Ingredients:

1 cup red rice  (NOTE: We have also made this with  Red or White Quinioa, Black or Wild Rice, Farro, Wheat Berries,  etc. Cooking time will vary between grains)

3 cups water

Pinch salt

2 Tblsp organic maple syrup (or honey or brown rice syrup)

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

Serve with 1 cup fresh berries; or diced apple, pear, peaches (I do prefer berries with this recipe). Toasted almonds also work very well.

* Method:

  1. You may cook the rice as per the package instructions. However, I find that the recommended 2-1/2 cups water to the 1 cup rice leaves the rice a bit too firm for porridge. I use 3 cups water and 1 cup rice and cook on a steady low flame for 30 minutes. I never lift the lid. Then I let the rice rest with the lid still on for an additional 20 minutes. This extra time allows the rice to absorb any remaining water. And the rice will be perfect.
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, almond milk and 1/4 cup water to the rice. Turn flame to medium high and stir frequently for about 15 minutes. The end result will not have the appearance of oatmeal; you will see separate grains of red rice along with the sweet milk.

Place in bowl, top with fruit, and enjoy!

** See the Alter Eco Foods website for the story of their lovely red rice **  

http://www.alterecofoods.com/products/rice/khao-deng-ruby-red-rice

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Mixed Wild Rice Version, with Mango

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Sweet Farro Porridge Version

Breakfast for Dinner: Tasty Healthy Waffles!

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Do you like eating Breakfast for Dinner? WE DO! And about once a month in our house, that means WAFFLES! A few years ago, Bruce found his mom’s old waffle maker – with the old fashioned frayed, round, cloth-covered plug and everything-  and has been on a mission to make yummy waffles. Since we’ve reduced our wheat & dairy intake, his challenge has been incorporating non-wheat based flours. Attempts with completely dairy or wheat-free recipes (ie, almond, coconut, oat, buckwheat, etc flours, almond & coconut milk) did not give him a satisfactory result. Below, he presents the fruits of his labors:

Mmm! Home Made Waffles!

Mmm! Home Made Waffles!

* Tasty Waffles *

Servings: 4 waffles

DRY Ingredients:

¼ cup Quinoa flour

¼ cup Oat flour

½ cup AP flour

1 T baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 T tapioca flour (can substitute cornstarch)

WET Ingredients:

1 cup milk

2 T melted unsalted butter

1 T sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp almond extract

Equipment:

Wire whip, 2 mixing bowls (approx. 2 quart size), waffle maker, 4 ounce ladle, spray oil (we found an organic coconut oil spray!)

Method:

  1. Place all dry ingredients in one mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whip.
  2. Place all wet ingredients in the other mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Using the whip or fork, stir only until combined. Do not over mix. Batter must rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn on waffle maker to high temp. When waffle maker is at high temp, lightly spray the cooking surface.
  5. Ladle 4 ounces of the batter onto the cooking surface
  6. You will have to experiment with the temp and time, as each waffle maker varies
  7. Garnish with fruit, toasted nuts, compotes, etc – and enjoy!

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