Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Brunch: Strawberry Balsamic Waffles

Weekend mornings are one of our favorite times to make a decadent breakfast. After seeing some great strawberries and blackberries at our Whole Foods (California-grown), we were inspired to make these strawberry-balsamic waffles with candied pecans.

The recipe was pretty simple; we followed the basic waffle recipe from the Joy of Cooking, choosing to use 8 Tbsp of butter. They have three levels of butter for the recipe: 4 Tbsp("for a reduced fat waffle"), 8 Tbsp ("for a classic light and fluffy waffle) and 16 Tbsp ("for the crunchiest, most delicious waffle imaginable.") I can't believe we didn't make the 16 Tbsp waffle, really I can't. Actually since there is an exponential increase in the deliciousness with butter usage, Justin wondered what 32 Tbsp of butter could do for a waffle?

For the candied pecans, we used evaporated cane juice sugar and heated it in a pan. When it started to melt, we added the pecans until toasted and coated in carmelized goodness. These are also great on salads.

As for the strawberry-balsamic sauce, we added 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar and 2 Tbsp of evaporated cane juice (sugar) and a few diced strawberries. After letting it cook a bit, we tossed it into a blender and blended it a bit on low. We cooked it down- perhaps even a bit too much because it thickened upon cooling.

And the waffles were delicious! Topped with the fresh strawberries, candied walnuts and the strawberry-balsamic sauce, we enjoyed these on the patio under the California sunshine.


Sara said...

Great looking waffles!

I love waffles but don't have a waffle maker so I am jealous...

Martha said...

16 tablespoons of butter! That's pretty unbelievable for me. We usually go with Food and Wine's Light and Crispy Waffles as our go-to recipe. Your balsamic sauce looks great, and I think I'll make it for the adults at our table (the kids just love strawberries and whipped cream on their waffles).

Nicola said...

yum! my mom has served fresh strawberries lightly drizzled with balsamic vinegar as a simple dessert (or accent to ice cream). delicious!

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