Today, I am among the walking wounded. 😦
My once slender forearm had an unfortunate meet-up with a wasp at the recycling center in our apartment complex and has now swollen larger than my upper arm and is quite itchy, red, and sore. It feels like a football is under my skin… ouch! Who knew recycling could be dangerous?
I was only trying to be good to the earth, and this is how I was repaid. Oh well, at least my arm has met its new BFFs: an ice pack, Benadryl cream, and Advil PM.
But one thing–and one thing only– can make today better: Spiced Waffles. Won’t you indulge me?
These waffles are a delightful blend of simple and classy in one tender package. The familiar home style taste of fresh waffles shines through despite a plethora of rich, hearty spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. This typical fall-blend of spices works in the summer when paired with a topping of sweet, plump, and juicy berries and provides a window into the comfort food of cooler weather. Oh, how refreshing such a thought is in this heat wave!
Now, I might normally suggest to enjoy these precious treats leisurely on a breezy patio with a tall glass of iced coffee at hand to capture the essence of summer… but I dare say that all that sugar and sweetness might invite some unwelcome
friends company to your door… the vicious, hideous, rude, ugly wasp that must die [ oh, sorry, did that slip out? Ooops.] So, I won’t suggest anything of the like, but what I will suggest is to make these, stat. You’ll be glad you did!
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
Preheat waffle iron. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and slowly incorporate milk, vanilla, and melted coconut oil. [Try to have milk at room temperature or at least let coconut oil cool a little so it doesn’t seize up.] Pour liquids into dry ingredients and fold together until everything is just mixed. Scoop out onto hot waffle iron in 1/2-2/3 cup increments and cook until golden brown. Serve with butter, berries, and brown sugar or your favorite toppings. Enjoy–and try to eat just one! 🙂