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Autumn Waffles

Autumn Lovin’

As much as I love the summer, there’s something special about Autumn. Weekends in bed, comfort food, candle-lit dinners and sweet treats to get us through the colder days.

Fall is one of my favourite seasons of the year. A time of harvest. Making space to go inwards, reflect and appreciate the small things we often take for granted. A beautiful season to spend time in balance, look after ourselves and those we love and care most about. With all the lower colours red, orange, and yellow in full bloom, this is a perfect time to recharge and use our energies wisely to be prepared for when we need them most.

Sunday Inspiration

If I could chose, it’d be Sunday every day. Not having any plans but easing into the morning when it is gloomy outside. No reason to be chasing the day but instead look through all the recipe books that are collecting dust on the shelf and think of waffles in bed 🙂 And so my Sunday started – I looked up more waffle recipes than there are waffles I think… I don’t really cook with recipes to be honest but mainly look at pictures to get inspired and then come up with my own recipe. But it is always helpful to have a base to start with and then start to go off to play from there.

And so I found a very pretty waffle picture with recipe and I went to work. I replaced ingredients and changed measurements and after more than many trial and errors I was very excited with how it all came together.

Brünch Buckwheat Waffles

Little tweaks..

I started to experiment with Buckwheat a bit more lately. Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat making it gluten-free. Turns out it is really versatile and perfect for making any sort of bakes. It’s earthy and nutty in flavour, exactly what I was after. The outside of my waffles turned deeper in colour, beautiful golden brown, which I didn’t get when using all purpose/white flour. They were crisper on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside.

Instead of vegetable oil, which you will find in many waffle recipes, I use virgin coconut oil, which is not only better nutritionally-speaking, but it also boasts a richer, sweeter flavour that complements the earthiness of the Buckwheat really well.

I am excited for you to try them. Give it a go, here is how you make them:

Ingredients

Makes about five waffles

  • 2 cups of Buckwheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of sugar or honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups of milk (full-fat milk is best)
  • 1/2 cups of melted virgin coconut oil
  • A few drops of vanilla extract

Unsalted butter for the waffle iron

Instructions

  • Mix the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl
  • Beat the egg and sugar/honey until nice and creamy in a separate bowl
  • Add the milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract to the egg mix
  • Slowly add the liquid mix to the dry ingredients to get a smooth batter
  • Get your waffle machine ready. I use a Belgium waffle maker and found these to be my favourite kind
  • Once it’s hot, coat the iron with some unsalted butter and ladle in the batter mixture
  • If you have a Belgium waffle maker, turn the waffle iron upside down to allow the batter to rise evenly
  • Waffles are cooked after about five minutes but carefully check in between to not over or under cook them. The waffles should be crispy on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside

Since developing this recipe, my waffles have evolved. I served them with different toppings, changed the shape, size time over time. I burnt them more than once but the base recipe never changed.

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If you have come to one of my brünch events or our cafe in London (now closed) in the past, you will have tried them. My favourite topping is Rote Grütze, a typical German red berry compote that is served with warm vanilla sauce, perfect for cold autumn days. I add home-made crunchy granola for texture, twigs of thyme, fresh fruit and icing sugar to round it all up. Best shared with family friends and loved ones ❤

For my Rote Grütze recipe, head over to BBC Good Food who featured our brünch recipe back in 2016 🙂

Enjoy and stay warm! Lots of love, xx

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