Saturday Morning Cartoons and Waffles
I fondly remember sitting in the living room as a kid and watching cartoons while eating breakfast. Breakfast is still my favorite meal by far, and I still sit at the coffee table weekend mornings and eat breakfast. Although, now I'm usually watching something on HGTV.
The husband and I bought a waffle maker not that long ago and have used it about 3 times. It's not that we don't like waffles—we do—it's just that the waffle iron is in the back of a cabinet so... out of sight, out of mind. Our most recent foray into waffle territory brought inspiration for a strawberry compote to replace the more traditional maple syrup. Based on this resounding success I plan to branch out with my waffle adventures ;-)
3 cups of whatever fruit you happen to have, chopped
3 tsp orange juice (lemon juice works too if that's what you have on hand)
additional chopped fruit for topping (optional, of course)
walnuts, almonds, or nut of choice for topping (optional, of course)
Compote is super simple and takes only about 20 minutes. Place the chopped fruit and orange juice into a medium pan and set to medium heat. Once the fruit mixture starts to bubble reduce the heat a bit and begin to mash up the fruit. I find that a potato masher works really well for this task. Cook the mixture (stirring occasionally and mashing as well) for about 12 minutes or until the fruit has broken down and it's mashed to your liking. I'm not a fan of very sweet things but if you want the compote sweeter you can add in a couple of teaspoons of sugar toward the end of the cooking time. Be aware that there is sugar in the waffle batter though so let's not create too many cavities in one day ;-)
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tbs sugar
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch salt
While the compote is cooking you can prepare the waffle batter and warm up you waffle iron. Most recipes will tell you to sift the flour into your mixing bowl. I pretty much never sift flour and it's worked out for me so far so sift if you want to (or not). Once your flour is in the bowl, and in the sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine. Now, pour in the almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk briskly to combine and add in a bit of air for fluffiness :-)
When you waffle iron is hot and prepped according to instructions, gently pour on about 1/2 cup of batter (or amount recommended by for your particular iron model), close the iron and wait until ready. Since the husband and I have only the one waffle iron and we like to eat at the same time I usually warm up our *counter top oven* to keep the first waffle warm while the next is cooking.
Once you've got as many waffles as you'd like to have, spread on some butter, drizzle on the compote and top with additional chopped fruit or, in our case, walnuts. Enjoy!