Friday, July 24, 2015

Lemon Waffles with Blueberry Syrup, Dairy Free

Our weather has been so fantastic this summer...and I don't say that lightly- where I live summer doesn't really begin until 4th of July. But not this year, beginning early in the spring we've had beautiful sunshine and warm- no- hot weather. I LOVE IT!

Along with great weather, all the local produce has ripened early, which brings me to one of my favorite things in summer. Picking fruit for, well, of course eating...but also to make jam for the year and to freeze to use in recipes like I've made today.

This dish is a go to for a slow Saturday morning around our house, only this time I added a twist. Lemon waffles smell so fragrant when cooking in the waffle iron, the perfect compliment to homemade blueberry syrup. Treat yourself this Saturday!

Lemon Waffles

1 3/4 c ap flour
zest of 1 lemon
1 T baking powder
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c hemp milk (does not alter texture of finished product like some other milk subs)
1/2 c vegetable oil
3 eggs
juice of 1/2 lemon

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, lemon zest, baking powder, sugar & salt, set aside.

In a large measuring cup (4 cup) add lemon juice, then milk to make 1 1/2 cups. Add to that oil & eggs and mix well making sure the eggs are fully incorporated.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir with a fork just until moist, let lumps remain or the waffle will be tough.

Pour batter into heated waffle iron and cook until golden and crisp.

Blueberry Syrup

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 c sugar (less if they're super sweet)
splash of water
2 T corn starch
juice of 1/2 lemon

Place the blueberries, sugar and water into a medium sauce pan. Turn on high heat and cover to bring to a rapid boil, stirring occasionally. Once the blueberries are boiling and bursting turn the heat down to low.

In a small dish, combine the lemon juice and corn starch, add a little water if it's too thick. Stir until no lumps remain.

While stirring the blueberries continuously, pour in the lemon/corn starch mixture. The blueberry syrup will thicken immediately. Continue stirring until the corn starch is worked all the way through and the syrup has no lumps. Remove syrup from heat. Smother waffles & sing the song "Waffles waffles waffles...waffles waffles waffles..."

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