Tahoe recipe: Gluten-free buckwheat waffles & cinnamon butter
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Sure, this past Sunday was Mother’s Day, but why should that stop you from treating mom to a delicious breakfast every day with a recipe for buckwheat waffles.
This recipe is also great to use when you want to cut gluten from your diet or are serving a gluten-free guest. Buckwheat is high in essential amino acids and contains more protein than rice, wheat or millet. It is additionally known to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can be a factor in preventing diabetes.
I like to drizzle my waffles with maple syrup and pecans, but you can skip the added sugar and top them with Greek yogurt or freshly-ground almond butter. And, it’s totally OK if you want to pair this breakfast with a tasty mimosa or two.
BUCKWHEAT WAFFLES WITH CINNAMON BUTTER
Makes 10 waffles
Cinnamon butter ingredients:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together with a hand mixer until creamy and smooth. Place the butter mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until ready to use.
2 cups buckwheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk
1/4 cup melted butter, cooled
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Grease and preheat your waffle iron. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together until mixed evenly. Let the batter rest 5 to 10 minutes.
Pour batter onto the hot waffle iron plates, close the waffle iron and cook until the waffles are ready. The amount of batter and timing will be based on your waffle maker.
For my waffle maker, I use about a cup of batter and cook it for about four minutes. Carefully lift the waffle out of the waffle iron and serve immediately or place on a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven to keep warm.
Repeat with remaining batter as necessary. Avoid stacking the waffles or they will lose their crispness. Serve with maple syrup, cinnamon butter and any additional fixins you like.
More topping suggestions: pecans, whipped cream, maple syrup, almond butter and/or fresh berries.
Chef Arica Davis is owner/operator of Yummy Fixins, Personal Chef Services and Pasta Parties. Visit http://www.yummyfixins.com or call 530-539-4504 to book your next dinner party.