Summer Brunch

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For Father’s Day, I wanted to make a special brunch that also showcases the amazing flavors of summer!

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First, I made our go-to waffle recipe.  It cooks up beautifully—crisp and golden brown on the outside, while light and airy throughout the inside. We use a little cornstarch in addition to the flour, which helps thicken the batter and allows for a crispy and light texture. While I used milk for this batch, substituting the milk for equal part buttermilk or yogurt adds a creamy and tangy flavor palate. It is crucial to let the batter sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking in the waffle iron. In this time, the starch soaks up all of the liquid and thickens the batter, making it more cohesive.

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To top the waffles, we use pure Vermont maple syrup. In addition, I made a fresh strawberry sauce to use up some of the fresh, in-season strawberries that we have. To sweeten this sauce, a mixture of honey and maple syrup adds a complexity of flavor and a non-refined sweetness.

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I also made a fresh fruit salad. I combined strawberries, green grapes, orange segments, halved and pitted cherries, and raspberries. This bright and vibrant salad went perfectly with our warm, crispy, and decadent waffles.

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Everyday Waffles

(adapted from foodnetwork.com)

Ingredients:

– ¾ cup all-purpose flour (can substitute half for whole wheat pastry flour)

– ¼ cup cornstarch

– ½ teaspoon baking powder

– ¼ teaspoon baking soda

– ½ teaspoon salt

– 1 cup milk (can substitute for buttermilk or yogurt)

– 1/3 cup vegetable oil

– 1 egg

– 1 ½ teaspoons sugar (can add up to 2 tablespoons sugar for a sweeter, dessert-like waffle)

– ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Mix well. Allow the batter to sit for at least 30 minutes.

 

Preheat a waffle iron. Once the iron is preheated, cook the waffles in the ungreased iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Serve immediately with maple syrup, butter, or the strawberry sauce that follows!

 

Suggestions:

-Add bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips, or nuts to this batter to switch up the flavors!

-Mix cinnamon with sugar and melted butter, swirl into the batter after you pour it onto the iron for cinnamon bun waffles.

 

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Ingredients:

-2 cups fresh strawberries (can easily substitute for frozen strawberries!)

– ½ lemon

– 2 tablespoons honey

– 2 tablespoons maple syrup

– Water

– pinch of salt

Directions:

Zest and juice the ½ lemon. Add to a small saucepan with the strawberries, sweeteners, a few tablespoons of water, and the salt. Cook at medium-high for about 20 minutes, stirring to ensure that the sauce does not stick to the pan. Add more water if necessary.

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Happy Father’s Day! What are your favorite brunch recipes? What are your go-to toppings for waffles?

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