Belgian Buttermilk Waffles with Maple Syrup Glazed Bananas

Cooking or baking for family and friends always rates as a top social event and memory for the books.

It can be easy or hard, but it all comes down to the approach. Making food is a lot of fun and a great exercise in creativity. It also helps you put other worries to rest while you're in the middle of it. Good food requires focus and thought that pushes negativity out of your brain. 

We made this recipe for friends on a weekend. It was a huge hit and probably the best homemade waffle iron recipe we've tried yet. It includes a few special ingredients shopped from the Treatmo marketplace in advance. When you're ready to elevate food experience that's where you need to start.

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Original recipe on Epicurious by Maggie Rugiero

Adapted for Treatmo

For waffles

  • 1 cup of organic Fat Uncle Farms Sonora Flour
  • 1 cup of organic whole wheat flour
  • 2 organic tablespoons infused sugar from Terre Botanicals
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sunflower oil for waffle iron

Topping

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 firm-ripe large bananas, cut diagonally into 1/3-inch-thick slices
    • 1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup
    • Special equipment: a waffle iron (preferably Belgian-style)

Make waffles:

Put oven rack in middle position and put a large metal cooling rack directly on it. Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs in another bowl, then whisk into flour mixture until just combined.

Brush hot waffle iron lightly with oil (sunflower or vegetable) and pour a slightly rounded 1/2 cup of batter into each waffle mold (see cooks' note, below). Cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer as cooked to oven to keep warm, keeping waffles in 1 layer to stay crisp. 

Note: Do not over whisk the batter. Lumps are OK.

Make topping:

While last batch is cooking, heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until slightly foamy, then add banana slices in 1 layer and cook until golden, about 1 minute per side. Remove from heat and add syrup to skillet.

With spatula lay bananas over waffles and pour over heated maple syrup from pan.

Cooks' note:

If using a regular waffle iron (not Belgian), batter will yield about 14 waffles using 1/3 cup per waffle.

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