Breakfast

Pain au Chocolat

October 19, 2010

in French,Pastries,Recipes

Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolate Samples

It’s funny when I photographed these Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolate samples I received as part of the Foodbuzz Tastmaker Program, I placed them in the order I thought I would like the most.

It turns out, I know myself pretty darn well. Go figure… I’ve only known myself for thirty somewhat years. Anyway my guess was spot on, the hazelnut was my absolute favorite followed by the milk chocolate and almond.

I’m not too proud to admit I decided to do my chocolate tasting this past Sunday morning while everyone else was sleeping. Actually, I was more like bullied into it by the black up of coffee I was having.

Well, thanks to my weakness for chocolate and those three bites, I was inspired guilted into sharing some chocolate joy with the boys by making them a special breakfast treat.

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Brown Butter Waffles

This morning I couldn’t decide what to make for breakfast. I knew I wanted something sweet and not savory.

I spent five minutes looking around the pantry; this is after a good dose of coffee was already in my system. Then, I walked over to the fridge and took a peek, there on the top shelf between the coffee creamer and the OJ I saw a carton of buttermilk. Ah ha! Pancakes!

However, the more I thought about it the less enthused I was about the idea. Then I thought, hmmm why not make waffles?

I pulled out a cookbook from the shelf, flipped through the section titled “Muffins, Scones, Quick Breads & Other Breakfast Treats” once I got to recipe number 10 the deal was sealed. The rest is breakfast history my friends.

You are going to absolutely love this waffle recipe, the brown butter and dark brown sugar gives them such an amazing taste. In my opinion you don’t really need to add any syrup, whipped cream, fruit spread, etc.

Waffle Iron

Brown Butter Waffles

Brown Butter Waffles
from the The Craft of Baking
by Karen DeMasco & Mindy Fox

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, separated
unsalted butter, for the waffle iron

Preheat your waffle iron.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat; continue cooking until the butter turns brown and has a nutty fragrance, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Brown Butter
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Dry Ingredients
Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk and the egg yolks. Whisk the wet ingredients together, gently working them into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Batter
Add the browned butter and whisk until fully absorbed. (At this point, the batter will keep for several hours or up to 2 days in the refrigerator.)

Egg Whites
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold the whites into the batter in two additions.

Batter and Waffle Iron
Lightly brush a waffle iron with butter and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Brown butter Waffle Batter
Note: The recipe said it was enough to make 8 Belgian style waffles or 12 round waffles. I was only able to make 5 Belgian style waffles. Not sure if it was because I needed to beat my egg whites a bit more, I had to pour about 3/4 cup worth of batter to cover the inner circle of the waffle iron.

Warm Maple Syrup
waffles
WaffelsServed
Since my opinion doesn’t mean much to my teenage boys they had theirs with syrup.

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