foodie friday: orange cinnamon belgian waffles

quality friends are a rarity, but i seem to have an abundance. living in a city, there is always something fun (and cheap) to do, especially in the summer. but we have all been busy with work, traveling, visitors and the like, and although we made a “super summer of fun” list, we failed to cross one thing off said list. that changed this past weekend. sunday morning a friend and i went to a nearby lake and wrote for a couple of hours, promising ourselves that would not be the last time we made that a priority. after sunset that same evening, several of us sneaked back into the lake, brought drinks, dinner and blankets and caught up on life.

monday we continued the super summer of fun by making waffles. what was to be a night of a couple people eating and watching a movie turned into adding two leaves to the table, breaking out the fire pit, taking a trip (or two) to the liquor store, an abundance of waffles, ganache, coffee and conversation. a rag-tag group of people sat around my thrifted table with mismatched plates and cups, but that suited us all just fine. perfection is not only boring, it isn’t true. we are all a little worn around the edges and are learning to wear those edges with pride. every person around that table recently experienced disappointment, brokenness, anxiety and a lot of learning to love and let love do what it needs to do. and i think we’re slowly learning what it means to let others into the happenings of our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly.

but the waffles – they were as close to perfection as possible.

ORANGE CINNAMON BELGIAN WAFFLES (adapted from desserts for breakfast)
1 cup lukewarm milk
6 T butter, melted
3 T honey
3/4 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 T ground cinnamon
1/2 cup orange juice, slightly warmed
freshly grated zest of 1 orange
1 1/2 t instant yeast
1. Stir to combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at (warm) room temperature for an hour. The mixture will begin to bubble.
3. Preheat your waffle iron and coat lightly with cooking spray.  Place enough batter in the center of your waffle iron to allow for expansion.  Cook for roughly 4-6 minutes until golden brown.  Serve immediately with dark chocolate hot fudge, or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven.

we bought chocolate ganache from whole foods and it was the perfect addition. butter, syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruit are also great topping options.

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