Buttermilk Belgian Waffles

Monday, January 14, 2013




January is my least favorite month of the year.  After the magic of the holidays, nothing is left but dark, overcast skies, muddy, brown grass, and shriveled leaves scattered on lawns.  I walk around my neighborhood every morning and search for tiny hints of Spring.  So far, nothing is to be found.  

I am reminded of my favorite poet, Raymond Carver, and his poem This Morning.  Carver describes walking around his town, looking for the beauty in nature during the winter months.  However, he begins to dwell on the unhappiness that occurred in his past.  He loses himself briefly, but then is able to emerge, looking forward to what lies ahead.

I find solace in his words and search for every happy moment that can be extracted from my day to day life. Things like taking long walks with my mom and our pups on Saturday mornings, getting expensive takeout for me and Dayv to enjoy on Friday night, and making Belgian Waffles on Sunday mornings.  

With each pour of the batter and flip of the handle, I become a little girl again, anxiously waiting for the beep to signal that the waffles are ready to be eaten.  Quickly slathered in Earth Balance and drizzled with maple syrup, I bring in the first prepared plate for Dayv to enjoy.  He takes his first bite, looks up at me, and sweetly smiles.  That, my friends, is what makes my January happy.

All the things I hoped would go away this morning.
The stuff I live with every day.  
What I've trampled on in order to stay alive.
But for a minute or two I did forget
myself and everything else.  I know I did.
For when I turned back I didn't know
where I was.  Until some birds rose up
from the gnarled trees. And flew
in the direction I needed to be going.
-Raymond Carver, excerpt from This Morning


Notes: Dayv and I enjoy a crispier waffle, so I heat our waffle maker to the highest setting.  1/2 cup of batter makes one Belgian waffle in our machine.  Make sure to adjust allotted batter for each waffle depending on your machine.

Buttermilk Belgian Waffles
makes approximately three
1/2 c sorghum flour
1/4 c millet flour
1/4 c potato starch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 c unsweetened almond milk + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar mixed and set aside for 5 minutes
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Earth Balance

Preheat waffle maker to desired setting.  In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.  Add in almond milk/apple cider vinegar mixture, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and whisk until completely combined.  Grease preheated waffle maker with Earth Balance and pour in allotted batter.  Cook until machine signals that the waffle is done.  Remove waffle and repeat with remaining batter.  Serve immediately with additional Earth Balance and maple syrup.  Enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these look just amazing. (And I love that excerpt...it's beautiful.)

    Great photos and recipe, as always! :-)

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  2. You're giving me a serious waffle craving! And I know exactly what you mean about the gloomy weather. For weeks, it's been so dreary in Boston, and today it was 60 and the sun actually come out in the afternoon. It felt incredible! I've seriously been missing the sun - Spring needs to get here fast! :)

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    1. wow, you've been lucky! philly has been nothing but wet and overcast for over a week. i look forward to 60 degree weather...

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  3. Agreed, lady - January is the worst. It got so cold today that I was keeping myself warm with a hair dryer. A HAIR DRYER! Fancy loft isn't so fancy in the winter when heat rises. OYY!

    Anyway, loving the waffles. I made sweet potato waffles a few days ago and have been gnawing on them ever since. Sooooo good. Buttermilk is next :)

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    1. a hair dryer! omigosh, i'd buy a heating blanket and stay wrapped in it all day long!

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  4. I agree with January, not my favorite month either. Its hard to stay positive when its grey and cold outside. With some tea and your delicious waffles everything seems brighter :) !

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    1. thanks, lysa! so true on all accounts!

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  5. This is exactly what i needed to read today. I totally agree with you about January. Apart form all the holidays and busyness, Jan suddenly sneaks up, with all the plans to be made, progress evaluated from the past year and things just do not look as good as they should ever. I need to stop dwelling on all that and look at what lies ahead too. a whole new year and so many memories to make.
    That waffle looks crisp and gorgeous, just the way i like it too! Have a fun week!

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    1. thanks, richa! you and me are definitely on the same wavelength. we can get through this!

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  6. I know what you mean about looking for hints of spring in the depths of winter. We have a magnolia bush in the backyard. I noticed a couple of months ago that it already had buds. Around April, it will bloom. I was so happy when I saw those buds there, even as the brunt of winter was still ahead. It seemed like a promise as if to say, spring will come.

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    1. ahh..your magnolia bush sounds lovely. perhaps i should plant one as a reminder of spring ;)

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  7. Carver is so January. I tend to cozy up to his short stories during the winter months. There's just something about his terse writing--it fits.

    Those waffles look killer--I'm going to have to add them to our brunch rotation!

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    1. girl, you always understand what i'm talking about! love that ;)

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  8. Caitlin, I love your little stories that go along with each post and how you can find joy and comfort in so many wonderful things! Sunday morning waffles was one of my favorite family traditions. I am so glad that you have that one too!

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  9. What is it about waffles that turn an ordinary morning into an awesome morning? They just really brighten up the day, don't they? We've been doing a lot of pancakes on the weekend recently- it's time to break out the waffle maker!

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    1. they make mornings extra special for some reason ;) belgian waffles, in particular,fancy things up in my mind ;)

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  10. Your waffles look incredible - they are so perfect! We have a waffle maker but I rarely use it, you have inspired me to make more waffles!

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    1. thanks, heather! it can be a pain to get out the waffle maker, especially when pancakes are so easy and don't require a bulky piece of equipment. but, once it's out, i never want to put it away!

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  11. Yum! I agree with Kristy. Waffles and pancakes turn a normal morning into an awesome morning. I've bee addicted to waffles since we went to Belgium in 2010. So so so yummy - especially with fresh fruit! This recipe is awesome.

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    1. i always loved belgian waffles with blueberry sauce on top...yummmm...

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  12. Hi, I recently stumbled across your blog and like the looks of your recipes!! Can't wait to try some soon! Just wondering, if we are not vegan, could I substitute regular milk in this recipe for the almond milk? Will that adversely affect the results? Thanks!

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    1. hi lindsay! the almond milk+apple cider vinegar mixture is supposed to mimic that of buttermilk. that being said, i've never worked with buttermilk or dairy before. but, *i would think* the substitution would work. good luck and let me know how it goes!

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  13. I love that your recipe makes three waffles - perfect for my tiny family! These will be heaped with fruit or served with smoothies, so they'll be really filling.

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  14. I'm so excited to try these waffles this weekend!!! Great blog! :)

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  15. These waffles look really good! I want to make them but I don't have millet or sorhgum flour.
    Could I possibly use unbleached white flour instead of the sorhgum and millet flour?[-:
    Thanks!

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    1. ruth, i'm not sure. i've never worked with regular flour before. i say to give it a shot, though! you may have to slightly adjust the flour measurement depending on the consistency of the batter. good luck!

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