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Monday, March 26, 2012

Annunciation Waffles

I realize that unless you are in Hawaii, I am probably too late for this year's Annunciation treat, but just think -- you have 364 days to prepare for next year. Fortunately you only need about 15 minutes to put this dessert together, but it's a dessert most worthy of Our Blessed Mother's Solemnity (remember, no fasting on Solemnities -- celebrate!)

Apparently we have the Swedes to thank for tying this delicious treat to the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Swedes celebrate this day as Lady Day (also Waffle Day) and it is the only day the Swedish (whose national religion is Lutheranism) celebrate Our Blessed Mother. Whatever the reason, it's a lovely treat for a special day and my family was happy to scarf them down for dessert tonight!

I used my regular recipe for Buttermilk Waffles (from King Arthur flour) with an extra 2 T. sugar added, topped them with sweetened whipped cream and fresh, sugared strawberries. The waffle recipe makes a few more than six, so just wrap them and freeze them for breakfast.

Annunciation Waffles
serves six

2 large eggs
1 3/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 t. vanilla
  1 3/4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. soda
1 t. salt

2 cups whipping cream whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar until soft peaks form
1 quart fresh strawberries diced and stirred with 1/4 cup sugar -- set aside for about 30 minutes(you could also use blueberries or mixed berries)

Make batter up several hours before-hand if desired for quick prep at dessert time.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter or margarine and vanilla. In another bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients just until almost smooth.

When ready to serve: 
Spray your waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray before preheating it. For an 8-inch round waffle iron, use about 1/3 cup batter. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the iron stops steaming.  
Top each warm waffle with a heaping spoonful of sweetened whipped cream and a heaping spoonful of sweet berries.

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