Did you miss me? A week can fly by so fast, and there can be so many goals in that week. And then with a heavy day job schedule, auditions, and an epic game night that went much later than intended, all of a sudden, you’re our of days to post. At the end of the week, I tried not to beat myself up too much about it because sometimes, you just need a minute. And besides, the things I have planned for this week will surely convince you to forgive me.
How do you not love waffles? However, I think waffles can be easily forgotten because if you don’t want frozen ones, you have to own a waffle maker to enjoy them at home. Well, I was lucky enough to have the people over at Waring send me a waffle maker and I knew my first endeavor had to be a good one. It’s a ‘set it and forget it’ type of batter, which sits overnight. And if you have a waffle maker, these lightly floral lavender waffles are a crispy-on-the-outsides-soft-on-the-inside dream. And why not add booze to some whipped cream to go on top? I mean WHY NOT?
Now I am not a huge Valentine’s Day person, and I’m sorry this past week and/or this week doesn’t include pretty heart shaped things and red dyed stuff. Maybe I’ll be inspired next year, but I just don’t really understand the whole Valentine’s Day thing, it’s not my thing, it’s ok if it’s your thing, do your thing.
Lavender Waffles with Honey Bourbon Whipped Cream
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For the waffles
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 package of active dry yeast
- 2 cups of warm milk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tbsp lavender
For the whipped cream
- 1/2 pint heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp bourbon
- In a very large mixing bowl (batter will end up doubling in size), sprinkle yeast into warm water and allow to dissolve for 5 minutes
- Add milk, butter, salt, sugar, and flour and whisk until smooth, using a hand mixer if desired
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature overnight
The following morning, make your whipped cream
- Place mixing bowl and whisk attachment for stand up electric mixer in freezer for 15 minutes
- Beat heavy cream on medium speed for 3-5 minutes
- Add bourbon, honey and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form
- Add eggs, baking soda, and lavender to batter and whisk until fully incorporated
- Make sure waffle maker is sprayed with cooking spray and heated to your preference
- Pour batter into waffle maker, making sure to evenly distribute the batter
- When waffles are ready, serve with whipped cream and syrup
- *You can always change the intensity of your whipped cream up by upping or reducing the amount of bourbon or honey
- *This batter should hold in the refrigerator for a few days, but I made all the waffles and froze them so I'd have a ready to go breakfast in the morning!
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What I love about waffle makers, especially this guy, is just how easy it is. It has lights that lets you know when it’s heated, and when the waffle is ready, no guess work. Make sure you use the drip pan they provide because batter tends to drip out the sides a little, but the clean up is easy, and the process of making waffles is even easier. My husband even admitted he likes waffles more than pancakes………so I guess it’s time to create more recipes….
Jealous? You should be!
You can find lavender in the baking aisle of your grocery store, it’s a great ingredient, but especially nice when you’re longing for spring. Got more waffle ideas for me? Send them my way!!