This recipe is special because it wakes up a rather boring breakfast item with an abundance of creativity, flavor and style. The strawberry compote and icing add a pop of color plus a fresh, sweet and fruity flavor to the dish.
Technique tip: Be careful not to overcook the waffle in the waffle maker because you will be frying it after.
Swap option: You can use blueberries instead of strawberries.
- 6 eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- 1/2 cup distilled vinegar
- 1 cup red food coloring
- 5 cups flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1½ tablespoons baking soda
- 1 cup strawberries, stemmed
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons red food coloring
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 1 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup strawberry compote (recipe above)
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Oil, for frying
- Strawberry syrup
- Powdered sugar
For the waffles:
In a bowl, mix the milk and vinegar and let sit for at least ten minutes (or overnight if possible). Then, whisk the eggs and food coloring into the milk mixture.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (the batter should be free of lumps and well-mixed). Let batter rest while rest of dish is prepared.
For the strawberry compote:
Place strawberries in a sauce pot with the apple and orange juices. Cook over medium-high heat until strawberries are softened. Transfer the strawberries and liquid to a blender. Add the food coloring and sugar and process until smooth. Return the mixture to the sauce pot and bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Add to the boiling strawberry blench and whisk until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 30 minutes.
For the strawberry icing:
In a bowl, fold together the whipped cream, cream cheese and strawberry compote (add additional compote if needed; there should be a rich strawberry taste and a dark pink color).
1. Preheat waffle iron and coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a heavy skillet heat about 1-inch of oil to 350°F.
2. Add waffle batter to waffle maker and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Repeat with remaining batter.
3. When waffles are finished, flash fry in the hot oil for about 15-20 seconds on each side until crisp. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
4. Drizzle icing on a clean plate and place a spoonful of compote in the middle of the plate. Place first waffle in center of plate on the compote. Drizzle strawberry icing on top and add a dollop of compote.
5. Finish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar; continue to stack waffles on top using the same process, as desired. Garnish the plate with the strawberry icing and strawberry syrup.