These waffles are basically dinner and dessert. They have good for you carrots, walnuts and raisins, but taste just like carrot cake!
The waffles are topped with a mixture of cream cheese (8 oz), 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup and walnuts. I had extra cream cheese spread after we ate the waffles, but it will taste just as good on a toasted bagel!
Recipe (Originally from Willow Bird Baking):
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 3/4 cups buttermilk* or 1 1/2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt thinned with 1/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cup finely grated carrots
Cooking spray for waffle iron
1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and the spices.
2. Mix together the buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) and the egg yolks. Stir in the butter – melted and cooled – and vanilla. Be careful because if you put the warm butter in the buttermilk, it will harden. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it.
3. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients.
4. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. Add carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Stir gently to combine.
5. Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed.
6. To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, and cream cheese and mix well.
I admit to eating my waffles with a little of the cream cheese spread and syrup… they were delicious!
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
A tip to re-invent old pieces: Mix a soft floral dress with a structured blazer and motorcycle boots. The hard and soft will create an interesting and unexpected outfit. And I always love a patterned tight!