For the past couple of weeks, I have been eyeing a magazine at work. Time Magazine’s 100 Healthiest Foods and How to Eat Them has been sitting on our magazine rack, taunting me. I couldn’t justify the $14 price on a magazine, but when I saw the 30 recipes in the back (and the incredibly gorgeous photos throughout) I finally doled out the cash. One of the recipes really called to me; waffles. I had just ordered a Death Star Waffle Iron from ThinkGeek, and felt the only way to celebrate was to make waffles (of course)!
To make these Buckwheat Belgian Waffles you’ll need:
1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour
1/2 cup Tapioca Flour
1/4 cup White Rice Flour
2 tablespoons Flaxseed Meal
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup low fat Buttermilk (if you don’t use buttermilk often, it’s less of a waste if you put 2 teaspoons of vinegar into a measuring cup and fill it to a cup with milk. Let it sit a couple minutes and stir with a plastic utensil)
3 tablespoons Melted Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 large Egg Yolks
3 large Egg Whites
When you’re measuring out these flours, make sure to lightly spoon the flour into your measuring cups. You don’t want them packed to tightly, else it will be too much. Also, use a knife to level off the excess.
First, combine your dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix them well with a whisk. In a separate bowl, throw in together the buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg yolks. Stir that until it’s smooth, then combine your two mixtures.
In a separate bowl, whip your egg whites. We used a whisk, but it would benefit you to use a mixer, hand or stand, as this is an exhausting step. You want to mix the whites until they have soft white peaks, and that takes some time and effort.
Fold your egg whites into your batter, make sure it’s mixed well, and then preheat your waffle iron. Lightly coat it with cooking spray, and pour in a ladle-full of batter. Let it cook in the iron until the steam lessens, and voila! You’ve got a Death Star. We added blueberries and maple syrup to our waffles, and that was a phenomenal choice. Blueberries are crazy good for you, and a great way to get part of your fruit servings taken care of early in the day!
I really enjoyed making these waffles, and I think a big part of that was the waffle iron itself. I keep going through these stress fits where I think of how I’m not going to be okay moving out because I don’t have what it takes to be a full blown adult, but for some reason this waffle iron reminded me to relax, because it’s going to be alright. I think it was the fact that here is a product that combines nerdiness with function, and that’s what I need to do with my life.
ThinkGeek’s Death Star Waffle Iron worked amazingly, and held up to the 6 waffles we made incredibly well. I highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a waffle iron.
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