Showing posts with label waffles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label waffles. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waffle you waiting for?

My favorite meal of the day is without a doubt:
I am pretty much nonfunctional if I don't have
something besides coffee (which is also critical to my
good mental health) within a half hour of assuming a
vertical position.

And what is not to love about breakfast food?
Scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits, fruit cups, yogurt,
oatmeal, croissants, coffee, tea, juice of any type, sausages...need
I continue? I love breakfast! So much so that we frequently have it
for dinner!

Now one of my absolute favorite foods for breakfast is waffles!
Big fluffy, lemon zested waffles sprinkled with powdered sugar
that melt in your mouth as soon as they touch you tongue.
I could eat a half dozen -- easily. Fortunately, the dudes love
them, too, so it is highly unlikely that I will ever get the opportunity
to eat a half dozen all by myself.

Here is my waffle recipe inspired by the beignets (ben-YAY) at the
Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, a place that should be on
everyone's bucket list in my opinion. If you have not had one of
their beignets (it's essentially a fritter) covered in powered sugar,
you must definitely go -- right now -- and make sure you have a
steaming cup of their coffee to go with it.


1 3/4 flour
1 tblspn baking powder
1/2 tspn baking soda
1/4 tspn salt
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 tspn lemon zest
1/2 tspn vanilla
2 egg whites


In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, soda
and salt. Make a well in the center. In another bowl, mix together
egg yolks, milk, oil, lemon zest, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients
and mix until moist but still lumpy. In a small bowl beat the egg whites
until stiff peaks form. Fold into the waffle batter, do not over mix.
Pour onto a preheated and greased waffle iron. Cook according to
the manufacturer's directions. I have a VillaWare Belgian waffle iron
with a handy light that goes on and off to tell me when they're done.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve! Delicious! Now I am not the
only waffle lover at the kitchen, so be sure to check out Krista's prior
post on the scrumptious Waffles Banana Foster!


Jenn McKinlay

aka Lucy Lawrence

Julie’s first book in the Manor of Murder Mystery series, Grace Under Pressure (starred review in Publishers Weekly!), debuts June 1st! To help launch the book and to celebrate its release, she's running a very special contest: Pre-order Grace Under Pressure any time before May 31, 2010, and you're eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Mystery Lovers Bookshop! (and if you've already pre-ordered, you just need to let Julie know!) No receipts required. Just email Julie at with the date that you pre-ordered and the name of the bookstore you ordered it from, and your name goes in! (Please put "CONTEST" in the subject header. Thanks!)

Here are a few helpful links to get you started:
Independent Bookstore List: here
- Mystery Lovers Bookshop (free shipping on book orders over $10!) - Centuries & Sleuths (Julie's local mystery bookstore)

And while we're here...

Avery is offering FREE BOOKMARKS on her website. Click this FREE BOOKMARK link to send her your information.

Her "fan club" contest just ended on May 15 (winner to be announced on the website and in the newsletter soon). Learn about upcoming contests on the Avery Aames website and check out the "fun stuff."

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Waffles with Bananas Foster

Congratulations, Julie! We're so thrilled that Eggsecutive Orders tops the bestseller list of Independent Mystery Bookstores in January!

In The Diva Paints the Town, Sophie bakes a special cake for Wolf for Valentine's Day. Of course, chocolate cake was the first thing that came to my mind for this week. If you're a chocoholic, don't worry, I hear there's a wonderful cake coming tomorrow! So my next thought was that Valentine's Day falls on brunch day this year. And I stumbled upon the notion of Waffles Topped with Bananas Foster. What could be sweeter or more decadent? In the event you don't have a waffle maker, you can certainly make your favorite pancake recipe or french toast and use the Bananas Foster on top. Still too much work? Serve the Bananas Foster over vanilla ice cream for dessert. Actually, as it turns out, that's my favorite. I'll have to type fast because my ice cream is melting!


There's really nothing too difficult about making waffles. Make sure your waffle maker is hot and be sure to brush it with oil in between waffles.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites, beaten to a soft peak

This is how simple it is to make waffles. Mix everything except the egg whites. Stir it all with a fork until well blended but still a bit lumpy. Add the egg whites and stir in. Avoid the temptation to over-stir. A few lumps are okay.

Fill the waffler maker about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Close the top and cook. Each waffle machine differs a bit but it should only take a couple of minutes to cook.

Quick and Easy Bananas Foster

4 bananas, cut in half and sliced lengthwise
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup banana liqueur
1/4 cup rum

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon and cook gently for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat. Stirring, add the rum and liqueur. Add the bananas and cook gently another few minutes. Spoon over waffles or ice cream.


Thanks to Ingrid of The Conscious Cat who awarded us The Over the Top Blog Award! We've had so much fun with it, and I've learned a lot about my fellow bloggers.

The rules state that we must complete the questions with one word answers.

Avery Aames missed sharing her answers on Monday so I'm sharing them with you today.

Your Hair? - Highlighted
Your Favorite Food? - Ice-cream
Your Hobby? - Golfing.
Your Fear? - Claustrophobia.
Something You Aren't? - Lazy
Where Did You Grow Up? - California
Your Life? - Busy!
Your Mood? - Cheery
Your Favorite Color? - Red

And now for Krista Davis's answers --

Your Hair? – Layered
Your Favorite Food? – Cherries
Your Hobby? - Furbabies
Your Fear? – Snakes
Something You Aren’t? – Svelte
Where Did You Grow Up? – Virginia
Your Life? – Enjoyable

Your Mood? – Upbeat
Your Favorite Color? - Red

Don't forget to enter your suggestion for the name of a fictional cupcake. You could have your name and cupcake written into BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF! (The sequel to SPRINKLE WITH MURDER, which just received a *Starrred Review* from Publishers Weekly!). Send proof of your pre-order of SPRINKLE WITH MURDER along with your name and cupcake name to Jenn at

Congratulations to Helen K. who suggested the winning Secret Ingredient for Mystery Kitchen’s Iron Chef contest! Helen won a box of Fannie May Chocolates. What was the secret ingredient? Find out during our next Iron Chef week in late February! And keep reading our posts to find out how to enter our next contest!

And finally, since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd share a little message left by one of my dogs. Happy Valentine's Day!

~ Krista