11 August 2010

Chocolate Waffles

When I asked Tink what she would like for birthday breakfast she said, "chocolate waffles!"  I thought it an interesting request since I had never made them before.  And where do you turn when you have never made a dish before and it has to turn out perfectly because it is for a special occasion?  Yep, Alton Brown.  His recipe for chocolate waffles is oh-so-perfect!! They come out with a slightly crisp outside and soft, tender insides. The chocolate flavor is perfect, too.  There is very little sugar in this recipe, so they are not sweet.  We all really, really liked that.  The hint of sweetness came from the chocolate and then, of course, the syrup. If the waffles had been sweet the syrup would have been overkill. Tink ate four and asked for them again the next morning...and the next morning....  :)

You will need:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3T sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (Alton added a full tsp)
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 whole eggs, beaten
1/4 cup oil (Alton used butter, same quantity)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups buttermilk (don't substitute!!!!)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
waffle iron





To me, a great waffle recipe has two things: buttermilk and oil.  I would not even consider making waffles without those two ingredients.  I don't, however, think a great waffle recipe needs yeast or beaten egg whites. 

Preheat your waffle iron. I turn on mine before I even start making the waffles, so that it is piping hot and ready to go after the waffle batter rests.

Such an easy recipe--in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. 



In another bowl, beat the eggs together with the oil and vanilla and then add the buttermilk.



Make a well in the center of the dry mix and add the wet.



Stir together...



and then add the chocolate chips.  That's it!  I switch to a spatula to do the stirring when I add the chips.





Let the batter rest for five minutes.  That will give the baking powder time to do its stuff.

I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to add the batter to the waffler maker.  I have a nonstick, so I don't really need to grease it, but I always give it a little pan spray before the first waffles go on.  After that I don't bother.



Alton says to leave them for five minutes.  I have a temperature indicator on the top of my waffle maker.  When it turns green I open it up.  The waffles are always perfectly cooked.  It takes about five minutes. :) :)



Now for the good part!  Butter...



and syrup!



I got 16 waffles total.  Four for each person.  They are very filling, but it is so hard to stop eating when they taste this awesome!  Full just means we could stop if we wanted to.  Right??



The chocolate chips are something else in these waffles.  So gooey and delicious.  I usually use mini chocolate chips in pancakes or waffles, but with this recipe I used the big guys and I am so glad I did.  I definitely would not recommend using a chip sweeter than semi-sweet.  No milk chocolate.  I loved, loved, loved that these waffles were not sweet, but still full of chocolate flavor!  They definitely tasted like waffles and not a dessert.  Way to go, Alton! Another home run!!



Make them immediately!  For breakfast or dinner!!   Enjoy!


Sunshine Mom's Chocolate Waffles
adapted from Alton Brown

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3T sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (Alton added a full tsp)
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 whole eggs, beaten
1/4 cup oil (Alton used butter, same quantity)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups buttermilk (don't substitute!!!!)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
waffle iron

1. Preheat your waffle iron. I turn on mine before I even start making the waffles, 
so that it is piping hot and ready to go after the waffle batter rests.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, 
cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  

3. In another bowl, beat the eggs together 
with the oil and vanilla and then add the buttermilk.

4. Make a well in the center of the dry mix and add the wet.
 
5.Let the batter rest for five minutes. 

6. I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to add the batter to the waffler maker.

7. Alton says to leave them for five minutes.

8. Now add butter, syrup, jam, even peanut butter!




4 comments:

Alwayzbakin said...

Yum! Those look great! I like your waffle maker.

kitchen flavours said...

This waffle looks great! My kids love waffles, unfortunately my waffle maker has stopped functioning! Need to get another one soon!

Kay Heritage said...

My four kids will be tickled to find these on Sunday morning breakfast table! Thank You!

Marika said...

Oh my, those looks so delicious! :)