How to win kids hearts over? Easy. What “did the trick” last time we went over to a long time friend and his family with two kids, was to bring waffles & strawberries. Although we can’t claim to have our own kids yet, we understand that especially when they’re in their rambunctious age, it’s helpful to start off on the right foot :) Needless to say, the kids loved it -there was plenty for everyone- and we had a great afternoon. Our recipe for the waffles is a mix of various other waffle recipes, we usually like them to be more on the dense side. O.
The recipe per se is pretty straightforward. Whisk soft butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add lemon zest and/or vanilla (scraped out of a length-wise cut vanilla bean).
Now individually add the four eggs and beat the mix well after each one. Add both the milk and the cream, as well as the flour. Depending on how you want the dough (more or less dense) feel free to vary the amount of flour, a good starting point is 150g. Meanwhile heat up the waffle iron and brush it lightly with the butter if needed.
Pour batter into the center of the lower half of the waffle maker. Try not to use too much batter, since it’s a superfluous (literally) experience to clean up a sticky and hot waffle iron…been there done that. Bake them for a few minutes (3-5) until they become golden brown. Let them cool on a plate.
Layer the waffles with whipped cream (with the 1/2 vanilla bean) and the sliced strawberries – depending on how sweet you like it, you can add a little more sugar (e.g. to the whipped cream). Dust lightly with powdered sugar.
Resume: It was fun for the kids picking off the layers individually, a probably contrary method to the original intended one (slicing it more like a cake) – of course we weren’t asked ;) However, we still prefer it the old fashioned way straight from the iron, with warm cherry compote and whipped cream on top gradually melting away…
Recipe Source: own creation
Prep/Baking time: about 45 min.
Ingredients: (serves 6)
140g butter (at room temperature)
a pinch of lemon zest and/or 1 vanilla bean (up to you)
Ingredients for the filling:
250ml cream (whipped)
1/2 vanilla bean
for decoration: powdered sugar