Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pineapple Mesa Waffles

Food. It makes me happy. Sometimes I am shocked I don't weigh 300 pounds. There is this fab breakfast place called Snooze. I heart them, they make gluten free things that I can eat, and we are not just talking Bacon and eggs but real live pancakes! My favorite is the pineapple upside down pancake.

The bad thing about Snooze is they are in downtown Denver. And I am in Littleton. And my husband is in Vegas. And I have 3 small children not fit to be in public after about 5:30 pm. And it is really freakin' cold out. And snowing. And did I mention the 3 small children?

My girls are great breakfast eaters, iffy lunch eaters and truly terrible dinner eaters. So when the Matt's away the girls will play, and eat breakfast for dinner. Tonight's pick was waffles.

While I was in Vegas I got into a conversation with a friend (HI ERIC!) about mesa flour. I use Me Se Ca which I can get at Kings but the good, fine stuff I cant find. He lives in Florida and promised to send me some. Remembering the yummy pancakes at Snooze, thinking breakfast is a good meal and with mesa on the brain lead me to the creation of these. That and the fact we have no normal dinner items in the house and I am not yet desperate enough to take 3 small children groceries shopping in the snow. These were amazing. To try them yourself:

3/4 cup flour (if your GF use Sorghum with a 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum)
1/4 cup corn meal
3/4 cup Mesa Harina
1/2 tsp. baking soda
dash of salt and Cinnamon
1 Tbsp brown sugar

Mix all of the above in a bowl. Remove howling baby from leg and try to convince her to go color with her sisters. Add to bowl

1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt (Greek would work too, or buttermilk)
2 eggs, beaten

Now if your a fan of really fluffy and crisp waffles, beat your egg whites until stiff and fold into the rest of the ingredients. I am lazy. My children a hungry and foul tempered at this time of day. I just dumped it in and mixed. Grease waffle iron, I used coconut oil because the smell makes me think of the beach and we have 6 inches of snow outside. Pour batter into hot, well greased waffle iron, top batter with

canned pineapple (crushed or the small chunk kind)
sprinkle of Cinnamon and sugar

Make sure your greased the lid part well before you shut it otherwise you will be forced to try and lick caramelized pineapple and sugar straight from the iron it welded itself too which is a good way to end up with strange square burns on your lips. And tongue. And nose. And forehead.

Walk away from the iron and let your waffle cook least you stand and wait for it and drool on the iron which could make the waffle taste...off. Tell 5 year old that, despite how pretty she is sure it would be, she may not color on her lips with the red marker. Or her sisters lips. Or the dogs. Rep remand one year old for sticking crayons up the dogs nose and then licking them. Ask three year old, for the 15th time today, where in heavens name her undies have gone. Check on waffle.

When your waffle is done, plate it and drizzle with caramel sauce. I used home made because that is what I had. Yes, I had home made caramel sauce and no maple syrup, don't judge me. I am sure the store bought stuff would be good too. If your feeling really adventurous, slice up a banana and toss on some pecans. Enjoy crisp, flavorful waffles!

Now if I was a good blogger, or a food blogger, I would have taken a picture of a beautifully plated waffle complete with a garnish. But I am not. I am a hungry mother of 3 who was thrilled to eat a meal while it was still warm. So no picture for you.

1 comment:

Jennifer McHam said...

:) :) So glad you're back!!