About the Recipe
I love waffles. They symbolize slow-mornings and a shared breakfast or brunch with happy faces around the table. Although I often make classic waffles, once I collaborated with Selefina Spices to create my own spice blend, I knew right away that the blend would be perfect for waffles or pancakes.
Cacao-Maple Waffles definitely levates the classic waffle experience. The infusion of the delightful cocoa powder provides a deep, intense chocolate flavor, while the maple sugar adds a natural sweetness with hints of caramel undertones. The aromatic blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves imparts a warm and exotic dimension, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate.
It doesn't stop there, the subtle inclusion of dried orange zest adds a zesty and citrusy note, enhancing the overall sensory experience. These waffles are not just a breakfast or brunch item; they are a celebration of indulgence, a decadent treat that turns an ordinary morning into a special occasion.
Whether you choose to enjoy them with a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of rich maple syrup, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra touch of luxury, these Cacao-Maple Waffles are sure to be a delightful treat. Share them with friends and family, and savor the joy that comes with each bite of these heavenly waffles.
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (see blog for alternative)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Cacao-Maple Mélange spice blend
*if you do not have a waffle maker, this versatile batter can equally be used for pancakes
Please note, that I created the Cacao-Maple Mélange blend for Selefina Spices and for every jar purchased I recieve a small commission.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and Cacao-Maple Mélange blend.
In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
Note: If you do not have buttermilk, you can make your own by simply putting 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar in a small bowl and adding 1 cup of milk. Wait 5-10 minutes until the milk starts to curdle slightly and your homemade buttermilk is ready to use!
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; it's okay if there are a few lumps.
Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Lightly grease the waffle iron with cooking spray or a small amount of oil.
Pour the batter onto the preheated waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions until golden brown and crisp.
If making pancakes, use a ladle to pour the batter onto a hot griddle or non-stick skillet. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
Serve the Cacao-Maple Waffles or Pancakes warm with your favorite toppings such as maple syrup, whipped cream, or fresh fruit.
If you would like to order your own jar of Cacao-Maple Mélange, click the link.