Fresh Strawberry Waffles

So I thought things could get much better than these French cruller waffles. Super light and fluffy waffles with a crisp crunch that are just begging to be topped with all sorts of delicious things. We love waffles here but often find them so heavy that after one or two you feel like you need to be rolled away from the table (in all fairness this could also be due to the fact that I had to have a Belgium style waffle maker that makes beautifully deep waffles). I realised as I was making a huge batch of waffles for the last morning of our recent family holiday that I hadn’t even bothered making any other waffle recipe since coming up with the cruller waffles.

Strawberry Waffles - PhDBaker

That just didn’t feel quite right, in the PhD kitchen and household we are always dreaming up new combinations and crazy ideas. I love my tried and true favourites but there is nothing like the excited nervous wait as you try something that sounds delicious but could equally flop. Adding fresh fruit to what is essentially a choux pastry seemed like the worst idea ever to be honest. You try to cook as much liquid out of the batter before you add the eggs, it is a temperamental dough that needs just the right amount of egg white to give a light fluffy interior but still get the outer crunch of the shell. However three containers of the most beautiful strawberries were sitting on the bench and they didn’t just want to be sliced on top of a plain waffle, they didn’t want to be turned into a syrup to be poured on the waffle. no they wanted to be slowly cooked in the waffle iron turning into little pockets of sweetness. I had to try it.

Would the waffles just flop and go mushy in the middle? Would they not get that beautiful crisp shell that I have come to love? Would I regret using 5 eggs and half a punnet of strawberries on a breakfast fail?

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Strawberry Cupcakes with mascarpone

Sometimes you have to make do with what’s in the house. Surprisingly that is how these cupcakes came to be. I woke up one Sunday morning a few weeks ago and suddenly remembered that I hadn’t gotten around to making something for the shared lunch at church. A quick scan of the fridge and freezer left me with frozen strawberries and mascarpone cheese. I didn’t have a recipe that used these but a little modification to one of my favourite vanilla cupcake recipe worked out pretty well.

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