With all of the the starfish and starfish-related posts of the last few months, you knew it was only a matter of time until we completed the circle and did a feature on waffles. Let's face it - the balance of the universe depended on it. Happily, folks, the wait is over because, tonight, we post the recipe for our original Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles ... waffles so out-of-this world, we had no choice but to call them Space Waffles! (Wow, I can't believe I just wrote that).
In addition, this feature also constitutes the first breakfast recipe posted on felix's daily starfish and waffles, unless you count the Polar Bear Milkshake, you alcoholic. But drunk or not, let the wafflemania begin! (Wow, I can't believe I just wrote that).
My Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles are popular with mammals of all sorts, including bears who want to start off with a healthy breakfast before a long day of climbing trees in the Canadian boreal forest.
Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles
1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, unsalted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Start by squeezing your orange juice into a large measuring cup. By my count, if you squeeze half a small-sized orange, you'll get approximately 1/4 cup of juice. A tip: use a navel orange so you don't have worry about picking out the seeds later. Add the buttermilk. Stir. Set aside.
Dump the flour, walnuts, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. As the mixing bowl implies, mix. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks and the sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Next, add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and your orange juice- and-buttermilk mix to the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk everything together. Then, take all of these wet ingredients and pour it into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk until all of the ingredients are blended, but don't overmix! Set aside.
In a third bowl, briskly beat the egg whites until little bubbles form. Then, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites with the rest of your ingredients. Incorporate fully but, again, don't overmix!
Well, look at that - your waffle batter is essentially ready to go. You'll have enough of it here to make two, round waffles 7-inches in diameter, which oughta be more than enough waffles for the cornerstone dish of the breakfast-in-bed you're making for that special someone, the morning after you had a big fight and want to say you're sorry. (Don't ask).
Anyway, follow the manufacturer's instructions for your waffle iron and, when your waffles have turned a nice golden brown colour, they're ready. For best results, I recommend serving my Walnut & Buttermilk Space Waffles immediately, topped with fresh fruit and real Canadian maple syrup. Enjoy!