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Crazy for waffles!

Crazy for waffles!

For a one-of-a-kind brunch, try our waffle recipes and perfect pairing ideas!

Who doesn’t love a nice warm waffle topped with fresh fruit, Chantilly cream, maple syrup, or melted chocolate? Since it first appeared in Belgium, this light, crispy, vanilla-flavoured pastry has become a worldwide favourite, and it’s constantly being reinvented. In fact, there’s a ton of original waffle recipes, from savoury pizza waffles to frozen dessert maple waffles.

Another version that is insanely popular these days is inspired from American delis: the chicken and waffles recipe—essentially a waffle served with fried chicken. Why not try this delicious, spectacular combo for your next brunch get-together? It’s sure to impress and satisfy even the biggest appetites!

 

Belgian waffle, fried chicken, and maple syrup white butter

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Makes 4 servings

Maple syrup white butter
250 mL (1 cup) white wine
60 mL (1/4 cup) maple syrup
1 shallot, chopped finely
30 mL (2 tbsp.) Dijon mustard
375 mL (1 1/2 cup) chicken stock
125 mL (1/2 cup) cold butter, diced
Salt and pepper

Fried chicken (Marinade)
8 chicken thighs
500 mL (2 cups) buttermilk*
4 garlic cloves, crushed
4 rosemary sprigs
Salt and pepper

Fried chicken (Breaded)
250 mL (1 cup) flour
5 mL (1 tsp.) cayenne
5 mL (1 tsp.) smoked paprika
500 mL (2 cups) Panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Oil (enough for frying)

Waffles
500 mL (2 cups) unbleached, all-purpose flour
15 mL (1 tbsp.) baking powder
2 mL (1/2 tsp.) salt
3 eggs, whites and yolks separated
500 mL (2 cups) plain yogurt
125 mL (1/2 cup) milk
60 mL (1/4 cup) butter, melted, at room temperature

Butter-sautéed mushrooms and green peas (optional)
45 mL (3 tbsp.) butter
1 shallot, minced
250 g mushrooms (variety of your choice)
250 mL (1 cup) green peas
Salt and pepper

Toppings (optional)
Your choice of green pea sprouts or arugula

1. Fried chicken: Let the chicken thighs marinate with the rest of the ingredients for 12 hours. 2. In a bowl, mix the flour and spices. Pour the breadcrumbs into another bowl. 3. Drain the chicken and coat with the flour seasoning. Dip in the buttermilk and in the breadcrumbs again. 4. Fry in the hot oil until the thighs are golden. Put in the oven at 180 ºC (350 ºF). 5. Waffles: In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients. 6. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. 7. In a third bowl, mix the yogurt, milk, melted butter, and egg yolks together. 8. Incorporate the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Next, gently incorporate the whipped egg whites. 9. Preheat a waffle press and pour about 125 mL (1/2 cup) of the mixture into the press. 10. Cook 5 minutes or until golden. Repeat. Set aside, keeping warm. 11. White butter: Reduce the white wine, maple syrup, and shallots by 3/4. Add the mustard, chicken stock, and reduce by half. Add the butter, whisking to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper. 12. Mushrooms and green peas: Heat the butter and sauté the shallot and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are golden. Add the green peas and season. Continue cooking a few minutes. 13. Serve the waffles with the fried chicken, sautéed mushrooms and green peas, and the maple syrup white butter. Top with greens (optional).

*You can replace the buttermilk with 500 mL (2 cups) milk and 30 mL (2 tbsp.) lemon juice.

 

Passion Mimosa

Such an elaborate, sophisticated recipe deserves nothing less than… bubbles! For brunch, a Mimosa made of orange juice and sparkling wine is a must. Simple and refreshing, it’s perfect to accompany a varied menu of waffles, scrambled eggs, pastries, pancakes, and even smoked salmon bagels. Take it up a notch with a terroir Mimosa, made of maple whisky and a drop of maple syrup!

 

Even more recipes and inspiring pairings

Gingerbread-style waffles + a sparkling cider cocktail 

Start with a basic waffle recipe, and add a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Serve with homemade applesauce… Yum! You can pair this dish with a refreshing cocktail made of sparkling cider and gin, and naturally sweetened with applesauce.

Eggs and bacon waffle sandwich + a rosé from the Fruity and Light taste tag

Eggs and bacon are brunch staples! Now, imagine a breakfast sandwich consisting of two waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and tomatoes. It’s sure to be a hit! Serve it with a dry, delicate rosé with refreshing red fruit aromas.

Choco-banana waffle + a Fruity and Extra Sweet taste tag

A banana waffle with crunchy maple-candied nuts… the perfect recipe for an impressive brunch. Pair your masterpiece with a refined White Port with complex flavours and a nice, rich mouthfeel.

 

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