Fun and creative waffle toppings

    When you want a lift, there’s nothing like hot, fluffy waffles! Waffles are the epitome of cosines – especially in winter – and their flavor can arouse childhood memories. It is even better when the waffles are paired with a variety of ingredients that give the whole dish a modern twist.

    Flour, sugar, milk, eggs, butter, baking powder, a pinch of salt and vanilla –  preparing fluffy waffles is easy and fun. They are often topped with powdered sugar, applesauce or fresh fruit. How about some variety? The waffle season has just begun!

    Fiery: Flambé fruits

    Flambé fruits are great to serve and fun to prepare. Find the right, safe space for this by making sure that anything flammable is out of reach.  Fruit choices include red wine poached pears, boiled plums with spices, or apple slices with butter. Flambé a small glass of high-proof alcohol (at least 40% vol.) Over the fruit, light with a long match and wait until the flame goes out. Highly suitable types of alcohol are cognac, whiskey or brandy.

    Berry: blueberry compote

    Sweet blueberries are a gift from the garden. Cooked them with water, sugar and a pinch of vanilla, and garnish with fresh grated orange zest and mint.

    Chocolate: dark chocolate and fig jam

    Chocolate goes will with waffles, because the honeycomb structure of waffles makes a wonderful backdrop for melted chocolate. Really tasty: melted dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa, and a dollop of fig jam. Try chopped pistachios for the finishing touch.

    Autumnal: caramelized pumpkin and walnuts

    Pumpkin is a favorite autumn flavor that goes beautifully with waffles. To caramelize, simply cut pumpkin into slices, briefly blanch and brown in a pan with sugar, and add a pinch of salt and a little water. Top with delicious roasted walnuts.

    Basic recipe waffles

    Ingredients:

    ½ cup butter, soft 1/3 cup sugar 3 eggs 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons (coated) baking powder 1 packet vanilla sugar 1 cup milk salt

    Preparation:

    1. First stir soft butter and sugar together until creamy. 2. Gradually stir in eggs. 3. Mix flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar.

    4. Mix alternately with a little milk in the dough. 5. Finally, add a pinch of salt. 6. Heat waffle iron and a touch of oil. 7. The dough is sufficient for eight waffles, that is, for each waffle, two to three tablespoons are added to the hot iron. When the waffles are golden brown, they are done.

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