Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Impress Your Mom This Mother's Day With Heart Shaped Waffles

By: Brandi O'Neil

Do you want to be your mother’s favorite child this Mother's Day? If so, these heart shaped waffles are the way to go. Impress the entire family and effortlessly dress up your breakfast/brunch table with these love inspiring waffles.

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Chef’s Choice WafflePro (Taste/Texture Select 830) and I loved it! The heart shaped design is clever and inspiring, adding an extra touch that is sure to make my mom say “aww.”

There are two settings for pleasing even the pickiest waffle fans. The first produces a waffle with a crisp exterior and a moist interior; while the second creates a more uniform texture. I tried both and had great results.

The iron is simple to use and a breeze to clean up. The color control and beeping timer take the guess-work out of when your waffles are ready. And the non-stick surface guarantees you never have to oil the pan after the very first waffle has been made.

After trying a bunch of waffle recipes around the web, I found the basic recipe included with the machine to make the best tasting waffles. I used the crisp exterior/moist interior setting, and the waffles were perfect. They had a great texture, and weren't too sweet or soft inside. I preferred the color setting at 5 or 6 but as I mentioned above it's easily adaptable.

Although they are delicious on their own I spruced up the waffles with some homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries. A filling breakfast that will sustain you throughout the day these waffles are perfect for Mother's Day or any occasion really.

Basic Waffle Recipe
Makes 6 waffles

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
11/4 - 11⁄2 cups milk, as needed

Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to evenly
distribute the ingredients. Add the melted butter, eggs and about 11⁄4 cups of milk. Blend with a
wire whisk until smooth and free from lumps.

Batter should be thick but still pour slowly from a ladle or measuring cup. Add more milk as needed to obtain a thick but pourable consistency. If the batter becomes too thin, stir in a teaspoon or two of additional flour.

Preheat the WafflePro® at: “Crisp Exterior/Moist Interior” @ Color Control 4 or “Uniform Texture” @ Color Control 31⁄2. If using a different brand maker preheat according to directions.

Pour a level 1⁄2 cup of batter onto preheated waffle grid. Close the lid, press it down lightly to level
batter. Bake until the signals indicate waffle is done.

Remove waffle and place on a wire rack for about 30 seconds. Serve immediately topped with homemade whipped cream and berries of your choice.

Whipped Cream
(courtesy of Alton Brown)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the sugar into the mixing bowl and add the whipping cream. Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks. Store any unused portion in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. When ready to use, rewhisk for 10 to 15 seconds.

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