We always hoped to have a signature breakfast entree here at The Collins House Inn in Marion, VA, and our guests have overwhelmingly chosen one for us. It’s our Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream (or freshly made blueberry compote depending on the season).
I have sent this recipe home with many guests, so I thought our blog would be a great place to post it so that others could try it out. The waffles are super easy to make, have a wonderful light, crispy texture, with just the right amount of flavoring. The original recipe was taken from Rachel Ray’s $40 A Day cookbook, but I have made several “embellishments” to add more flavor. I’ve only ever made this in a deep-pocketed waffle maker, so I’d highly recommend having one. But, hey, you can always try it in a regular waffle iron. Also, the recipe can easily be doubled.
As for the optional fruit topping, for the strawberries, we just wash and dry them well, hull, slice, then place in a bowl and sprinkle confectioner sugar over them and stir. If you try the recipe and like it, let us know by posting your comments. ENJOY!
Collins House Inn Belgian Waffles
Servings: 3 deep-pocketed Belgian waffles
- 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk or buttermilk (I use 1/2-cup of each)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
- Melted butter, syrup, fruit topping of your choice (optional), whipped cream, cinnamon
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk/buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar, vanilla, and butter flavoring and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes (Don’t panic if it sits longer — I’ve tried letting it sit for an hour and it still works fine.)
Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with melted butter, syrup, your choice of fruit topping, and top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.