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Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. #waffles #carrots #breakfast #easyrecipe #wholegrain

Your favourite cake. In a waffle. πŸ™‚

Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury.

Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. #waffles #carrots #breakfast #easyrecipe #wholegrain

carrot cake waffles make a perfect Easter breakfast for the family xx

Waffles are my Dad’s weakness. Growing up I never really saw him eat anything other than cereal for breakfast; perhaps scrambled eggs at the weekend. But since retiral, he’s swapped a hurried bowl of bran flakes for a leisurely plate of waffles.

He doesn’t make them (deliberately not owning a waffle maker, I suspect). Instead, he rolls up his newspaper and drives or strolls with his companion Barbara to one of the many breakfast joints within a cricket’s jump of his home.

Dad very occasionally goes off-piste and orders something savoury, but nearly always regrets it. He’s happiest with a fat, fluffy Belgian waffle, its perfectly crisped exterior verging on nut-brown, sticky jars of syrup arrayed before him to ladle on at will.

If I am visiting I invariably stick with savoury, indulging in southern buttery grits and “homefries” alongside my poached eggs. But waffles? Nah. Too big. And they make me hungry unless I eat way more than is sensible. I need a good wodge of protein first thing or I am just insatiable for carbs the remainder of the day. Is that you, too?Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. #waffles #carrots #breakfast #easyrecipe #wholegrainNotably I am the only savoury toothed one in my family. It is just as well because a carb-heavy breakfast is a failsafe recipe for a nap and stretchy pants combo. Before lunchtime.

All of this information is perhaps at odds with today’s recipe for Carrot Cake Pancakes. Why, after complaining about waffles, am I now a convert to that great puffy pastry disguised as breakfast? Well, I’ve found a way of feeling reasonably satisfied eating waffles whilst also eating just a reasonable amount.

An injection of whole grains, fibre-filled carrots and nuts chases away my hunger until lunchtime.Β No Brobdingnagian portions for me and my 50-something year-old waistline and pernickity stomach. Those days are long gone. Sadly.

Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. #waffles #carrots #breakfast #easyrecipe #wholegrainMy recipe makes 12 small waffles, so eating three, stacked nicely on a small plate, feels an indulgence but is actually quite a reasonable breakfast option. More reasonable without the brown butter syrup. :-) But do keep the syrup: its buttery flavour, with the smidge of cardamom and warmed chopped walnuts is sublime.

A note or two. I call for teff flour but any wholegrain/seed flour is fair game – finely ground oats are a good option. I adore the nuttiness of teff, but Andrew really doesn’t care for the slightly gritty texture.Β  But he does love that it is high in filling protein, bone-strengthening calcium and energising iron. In any case, the accompanying light spelt flour keeps the whole thing from becoming claggy (a great British word) and worthy.

Another tip is to separate the eggs and whisk up the white to stiff peaks, gently folding in after the wet mixture is amalgamated. You can also add raisins, but ensure that none of them is going to be touching the searing-hot waffle plates. Burnt raisins are bitter and super nasty.

As for sweetness, you will be adding syrup, or at least some pulverised dates I’m sure, so I’ve kept the waffles fairly neutral. I’ve got some organic pure stevia powder so I just added a speck of it to tip the batter over the edge from savoury to hint of sweet. One to 2 tablespoons of raw sugar or brown sugar would be perfect, if you instead wished to add real sugar.

Extra waffles freeze beautifully and can be toasted without defrosting. Beats bran flakes on a weekday, huh? πŸ™‚ These would be perfect as an Easter breakfast for the family, too. Unless you fancied something chocolately, such as these Chocolate and Rye Pancakes, or perhaps a stack of these Chocolate and Granola Pancakes?

Btw, today I bought a scent at Aesop that has top notes of cardamom and clove. I can now smell like a waffle whilst eating waffles!

Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. #waffles #carrots #breakfast #easyrecipe #wholegrain

Carrot Cake Waffles with Browned Butter Syrup

  • Servings: 8-12 small waffles
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. xx

100g light spelt (or plain/AP flour) or gluten-free flour blend

40g teff or other finely ground wholegrain or seed flour

1-2 tbsp raw or brown sugar or pinch of pure organic stevia

2 tsp baking powder

zest of a small orange (optional)

rounded 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

rounded 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

small pinch (less than 1/8 tsp) ground cloves (optional)

1/8 tsp salt

2 eggs, white and yolks separated

250ml milk of any kind (full fat works best although I usually only have oat or almond milk)

20g best butter, melted

20g organic rapeseed or light olive oil (or all butter)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

75g grated carrot, plus more for topping, if wished

Syrup (for 6 pancakes)

25g best butter

50ml best maple or date syrup

1/4 tsp ground cardamom (or cinnamon)

40g finely chopped walnuts, plus more for sprinkling

Method

1. Heat your waffle maker as directed by the manufacturer.

2. Dry whisk the flours, baking powder, sugar/stevia, spices, orange zest and salt in a medium bowl.

3. In a separate, scrupulously clean, bowl whisk the egg white to stiff peaks. Set aside.

4 Pour the egg yolks, milk, butter, oil and vanilla into a jug and mix to combine.

5. Fork the carrot shreds through the dry mixture then add in the wet mixture. Gently combine until the flour just disappears. Fold in the whisked egg white with a sharp edged (metal) spoon, keeping as much volume as you can.

6. Spray the waffle maker plates with oil spray if necessary, then dollop on the batter, cooking until golden and puffed.

7. While the waffles are on the go make the syrup by melting the butter over a low heat in a small pan until a deep golden colour, flecked with brown; add the syrup, cardamom and chopped nuts to warm through. You can make more of this and keep it in the refrigerator until needed again that week.

Homemade carrot cake waffles for weekend making and weekday toasting. Drizzle over brown butter and cardamom syrup for an easy touch of luxury. #waffles #carrots #breakfast #easyrecipe #wholegrain

 

 

13 thoughts on “Easy Carrot Cake Waffles with Brown Butter Syrup

  1. ksbeth says:

    i have never thought of this –

  2. Mr A says:

    Poppy would go crazy for these waffles! Beautiful images and they sound delicious.

  3. Rachel Anderson says:

    Sweet sweet (literally πŸ˜‰) tribute to your awesome dad, and one heck of a grandad. I’m always jealous of his waffle choice – but with this beaut recipe, now I don’t have to be!

  4. Nice! I love the sound of that syrup (:

  5. NickkiT says:

    How delicious do these look? Loving the sound of this!

  6. Nicola says:

    Could I use rice flour instead of the teff flour? I have half a bag leftover and I’m not sure what to do with it!

    1. I’m sure that would be fine!

  7. superfitbabe says:

    Superb recipe as always! My only tweak would be that I’d make GINORMOUS waffles the size of my HEAD! I would probably still eat at least eight of them. πŸ˜‰ But in all seriousness, waffles are my weakness! Just so much easier to make than pancakes, and they taste amazing!

  8. Do you know, I’ve never made a waffle before but this is very tempting indeed. Also love those blood oranges in your images, I look forward to their season every year.

  9. Waffles are such a delight! Bravo to your dad for making breakfast such a fabulous occasion. The flavor profile of these carrot cake waffles is a gateway into spring, the season of wonder.

  10. miakouppa says:

    Love waffles and carrot cake!! sounds like a winner to me πŸ™‚

  11. svenskclue says:

    Sounds divine!

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