Monday, February 24, 2014

Brilliant Brunch: Mimosa Waffles

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In Boston, I used to love a good brunch.  Waffles, pancakes, french toast, all those breakfast foods sing to me.  Eggs are fine, too; I'm really not picky.  But now, i's hard, sometimes, after a super long week of work (think 60+ hours in 5 days) to get the motivation on Saturday to do something fun and fancy.  I'm lucky if half the time I can get off the couch before 11 o'clock!

Anyway, my absolute favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite type of breakfast is waffles with whipped cream.  My parents had a great tradition of taking us to brunch at this little restaurant close to our house.  I don't know why but it was always a big deal - I think it was because we were able to go up to the buffet and pick whatever we wanted.  That's a big deal for little girls!  We used to get dressed up and so excited.  I remember the only bad part was waiting to eat.  Ha!  I was a hungry little piglet, I mean girl.

One time, Dad led me from the Belgian waffle station, past the syrups, fruits, and butter, to the whipped cream and put a little on my plate.  I was sold from then on out.  Luckily, they never let me overindulge and I don't let myself now either.  Also, how expensive is heavy whipping cream?!  I have to usually take a pass on it.  But when I made John a fancy Valentine's Day dessert, I knew that leftover cream meant only one thing - a delicious post-Valentine's Day brunch!  What a better way to celebrate than using the flavors of another classic brunch item - the mimosa!
Mimosa Waffles
Serves:  4
4 tablespoons sugar
1 orange, zested
2 cups flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs
3/4 cup seltzer (6 ounces)
3/4 cup champagne (6 ounces)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Take 2 tablespoons of orange zest and work it into the sugar until the sugar smells like oranges (about 1 minute).  Whisk 2 tablespoons of orange-sugar with flour and baking powder in a large bowl.  Add the melted butter, eggs, seltzer, champagne, and 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice from the orange.  Whisk until smooth.  Grease a very hot waffle iron with cooking spray.  Pour in enough of the mix so the batter just covers the bottom of the pan.  Cook according to manufacturer instructions.  Repeat until all the mix has been used.

Meanwhile, beat heavy whipping cream with remaining orange-sugar until stiff peaks form.  Place a dollop of cream on top of each waffle before serving.  Use any additional orange zest for garnish, if desired. 

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