This is how you start your morning when there are 2 feet of snow blowing around at 50 mph outside. First, peek out your bedroom window at 5:00am and think to yourself how wonderful snow days are. Then slide back underneath the covers and sleep in:) Next, be awakened by your children a couple hours later because the snow has barricaded the front and back doors and they can't let the dog out to go potty. Ugh! Then think to yourself how much you dislike snow days and shoveling all that white stuff.
Oh well. It is a good thing I planned in advance to make sure we had all the ingredients for our snow day breakfast special--chocolate waffles. One bite of these and you'd think you were eating dessert for breakfast. Any excuse to do that is ok by me.
I use my standard waffle recipe and then add some Dutch-processed cocoa powder, a bit more sugar, and some espresso powder to really bring out that chocolately flavor. I cook mine in my Villaware waffle maker and then as soon as it is ready, I transfer it to a plate and immediately sprinkle it with a few mini-chocolate chips. The heat from the waffle melts the chips into the nooks and crannies. Drizzle the waffle with a little chocolate sauce and top it with sliced berries and whipped cream (don't forget the tall glass of milk) and there isn't anything that could ruin your day--not even mounds of blowing snow. Once everyone has had their fill and is all sugared up, just man them with shovels and let them loose to do the dirty work while you do the dirty dishes! (Honestly, there was so much snow I did my fair share, too.)
However, if you do not have snow days to enjoy this breakfast special, then I would recommend serving these to your little sweeties on Valentine's morning. Chocolate waffles are a great way to say "I love you".
makes 8, 6 1/2-inch round waffles
1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 3/4 cup whole milk
2 extra large eggs
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
Whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until the batter is smooth. The batter can be made 1 hour ahead left at room temperature.
Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions at medium to medium-high heat. (I set mine at level 4) Spray the waffle grid with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/2 cup batter in the center of the iron and close. Cook until the waffles are crispy and cooked through. Carefully remove the waffle and serve immediately. Serve with mini-chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, berries, and whipped cream. Enjoy!
Source: The Galley Gourmet