Sunday, February 13, 2011

Whole Wheat Chocolate Waffles, Strawberry Syrup & Brownie Bites

Okay, I apologize that it is only hours away before Valentines Day and I have totally missed the boat on blogging about great V-day recipes. I had big plans of having posts ready before I left on our vacation, brining pictures along to blog about, trying recipes on vacation and blogging about them, etc. I have to admit to my sheer laziness. The sunny blue sky and the pools were just too much for me to say no to. By the time we came in from swimming each night I was too tuckered out (from doing could that be?) to want to blog. Sorry for being the slacker-blogger that I am!

To make up for it, I have three chocolate and strawberry recipes that are perfect for your Valentines Day events, or any other time during the year! When can you go wrong with chocolate and strawberry? Enjoy and have a delicious and delightful Valentines Day tomorrow! (I will add pictures of the waffles and french toast as soon as I get back to my desktop with my picture files on them :)

Whole Wheat Chocolate Waffles

2 1/4 c. whole wheat flour (if you want a lighter waffle, use 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat flour--I used all wheat and it was a little heavy)

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. cocoa powder

1 T. baking powder

3/4 t. baking soda

1 1/2 t. salt

2 t. vanilla

3 c. buttermilk (or 3 c. water + 4 T. dry milk + 1 1/2 T. lemon juice)

3 T. dry egg powder (no extra water or three eggs--if using real eggs you may need a little more flour)

1-1 1/2 c. chocolate chips (I used the mini chips and it worked perfectly)

Combine all of the ingredients together and whisk until batter is mixed through. Pour batter into a hot and greased waffle maker. Serve waffles with whipping cream and fresh strawberries.

This next recipe is nothing too fancy, but I wanted to share this cute mini muffin pan I bought at Walmart (less than $5--you gotta love Walmart!) and this delicious Strawberry frosting. I made this frosting and put it on top of these mini brownie bites I made from my favorite brownie recipe. The chocolate and strawberry went perfectly together! I didn't have any fresh strawberries on hand, since they are not in season, but I think these would be cute with a slice of a strawberry on top. Don't overbake the brownie bites though. I found about 7-8 minutes was the right amount of time to give you the perfectly baked brownie :)

Strawberry Cream Frosting
1/3 c. frozen or fresh strawberries, thawed

1/2 cube butter, softened

1-1 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar

Dash salt

1/2 t. vanilla

1/2 t. lemon juice

Beat the softened butter and strawberries together with an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar and beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy. If frosting is too thin, add more sugar and if it is too thick add a little milk.

Since strawberries and Valentines Day go hand in hand, I wanted to give you an easy recipe for homemade strawberry syrup. This strawberry syrup is great over pancakes, french toast, crepes, or even over ice cream. You can make a batch of this syrup for under $1.50 which is much less than what you can buy it for in the store (this is assuming you got your strawberries on sale). I also played around making french toast with egg powder and it was delicious! Here is my recipe for Powdered Egg French Toast.

Powdered Egg French Toast
5 T. egg powder

1 c. water

3 T. dry powdered milk
1 t. vanilla

1 T. sugar
Dash salt

Whisk ingredients together. Dip sliced bread in egg mixture. Place on a hot griddle that has been buttered and cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve french toast with syrup, butter syrup or strawberry syrup (below).

Strawberry Syrup
1 lb. frozen or fresh strawberries

3/4 c. sugar

1 T. cornstarch

1/2 t. lemon juice

Place the strawberries and sugar together in a sauce pan. Simmer on medium heat until the strawberries are soft and the sugar is dissolving. Once sauce begins to cook down you can temper the sauce with the cornstarch and lemon juice (you will need just a little water to mix the cornstarch with before you add it to the sauce). Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the strawberries. Let simmer again until sauce becomes clear and it begins to thicken. Serve cool or hot over your favorite breakfast foods.


Mylee said...

How long do you bake the brownie bites in the mini muffin pans?

Shandra said...

Sorry so vague! Yes, don't over bake them. I found 7-8 minutes was about right. My oven does bake a little hotter than I think it should, so adjust your time as needed. I took them out when they still looked soft but were not jiggly any more. Don't over bake them or you will have hard as a rock brownies. Thanks!

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