Ok. I'm here to tell you about some excellent waffles. This is probably my favorite part of having a blog. I get to say "oh my gosh I ate this and is was SO good and you can eat it too!" on the reg. I pretty much already do this to my non-internet friends. And by pretty much I mean I've been sharing my food preferences constantly probably since I was old enough to say what I liked. In fact, I think my mom has a recipe that I wrote when I was like 4 years old that looks something like this;
In case you're wondering, that's "sugar, milk, flour, chocolate". Which are pretty much the four most important ingredients that you could ever have in your home. Obviously. And also probably butter and eggs, you know, so you can make something that tastes more delicious than whatever it was that I made back when I spelled sugar with two 'o's.
And so, yes, these waffles include all of the above.
More importantly, these waffles include one of the most genius ways of getting chocolate into your mouth. Nutella. Insert witty comment here about how I've been eating nutella since before it was popular because I literally ate it in Germany when I was like 1 years old and spelling sugar with two o's and putting sprinkles on top of the nutella, too. So there you have it. I actually don't buy it that often now, because in all honesty, I can eat a whole jar in like three
Now my mouth is watering and I'm going to go ahead and tell you how I managed to insert nutella into a waffle. It's really quite simple. You put some batter in your waffle maker, then top with nutella, then top with more batter before closing the maker and cooking everything until golden. I suppose the trick here is to have batter that is thick enough to hold the nutella instead of letting it sink to the bottom, which would of course burn all over your waffle maker and be yuck. Luckily, I will also include my favorite waffle recipe.
Unluckily, I do not have a picture once I put more batter on top of the nutella. See, you have to work kind of fast because you are technically supposed to make sure your waffle maker is already preheated once you add some batter. So to keep everything even make sure you're quickly adding nutella and then more batter, thus keeping the bottom of your waffle from being crazy dark while the top is crazy light. You know you've mastered the technique when your finished waffle looks like this;
Completely innocent looking. Your kids/friends/inlaws/spouses will be none the wiser until they stick their fork in, and BOOM!
They will immediately erupt into fits of joy and praise as you will rise to the top of their list of the greatest waffle makers in the history of the home cook (and probably all cooks that walk the Earth, for that matter). You're welcome.
Nutella Stuffed Waffles (batter recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, here)
**makes about 6 waffles**
1Tbs baking powder
1 3/4c buttermilk
1/2 stick butter, melted
Heaping amounts of nutella
1. Mix together all dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) in a big bowl
2. In another bowl, mix all wet ingredients, adding the melted butter at the very end, slowly, while whisking
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is just incorporated. You don't want dry bits in there, but you also aren't trying to mix it to death, you know?
4. Prep your waffle maker they way you normally would (if you brush with oil, preheat, etc. do it the same)
5. spoon half of the amount of batter that you would normally use into your waffle maker. Ff you have a round maker, just put it in the middle. If you have a square-four-waffles-in-one maker like me, then separate the batter so that each "plop" is in the middle of each waffle square (see pictures above).
6. Moving quickly, plop about a Tbs of Nutella on top of the batter that you just put in the maker, and then put more batter on top of that, covering the Nutella completely.
7. Close your maker and cook the way your normally would. (ours is about 3-5 minutes to cook through)
8. Carefully remove the waffle, serve as soon as possible, and enjoy!
These can be topped with anything that you think you might like with Nutella. Personally, I enjoy bananas, whipped cream, and syrup.
Alternately, you know, if you have a crazy person in your home who doesn't like chocolate, you can alway stuff the waffles with sliced bananas (using the same method above) and then smear nutella on the top as desired! Now that I think of it, you could probably stuff your waffles with all sorts of things using this method. Sprinkles for birthday waffles. Bacon for... bacon waffles. Oh my gosh. Bacon and nutella waffles!
But seriously. The options are pretty exceptional here. And now let's get a close up of that surprise nutella insides, shall we?
Instant way to brighten a Monday!