Belgian Chocolate Waffles

For certain breakfast foods like muffins and waffles, there is a fine line where they cross from the “breakfast” category into “dessert”. These waffles, as presented in the picture, have definitely wandered into “dessert”, but only because they have a chocolate base with chocolate chips mixed in, are sprinkled with powdered sugar, layered with strawberries, and drizzled with more chocolate. Yeah. Definitely dessert.

On the other hand, the waffle base itself wasn’t as rich as I expected, so if you were to leave out the chocolate chips and serve them with bananas , strawberries , and a glass of milk, you’d have a justifiable breakfast, I think. Then again, I leap at any chance to have chocolate for breakfast. 😉

Recipe: Belgian Chocolate Waffles

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  •  1/2 cup cocoa powder
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  •  3 large eggs, beaten
  •  4 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature*
  •  3/4 mini chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to blend. In another bowl, combine eggs, butter, vanilla, and buttermilk. Whisk to blend well. Mix the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just incorporated. Stir in the mini chocolate chips, if using. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Fill the waffle iron with batter and cook until waffle is crispy and completely cooked. Transfer finished waffles to the preheated oven and repeat until all the batter has been used up. Serve immediately with fresh berries and whipped cream. (Or fresh berries, powdered sugar, and chocolate drizzle…just sayin’!)

Quick notes

My chocolate chips sunk to the bottom of the batter so the waffles towards the end came out with a lot more chocolate chips than intended. I suggest sprinkling the chocolate chips into the batter after you’ve poured some onto the iron, and then using a spatula to cover them.

Variations

*If you don’t have buttermilk or can’t find it at your grocery store, here is an easy way to make buttermilk at home with just two ingredients: Pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice OR white vinegar into a liquid measuring cup, and then fill to the 1-cup line with milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and voila buttermilk!

Adapted from Annie’s Eats


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