Red White and Blueberry Dessert Waffle Stacks – and the Sweet Secret to Crispy, Crunchy Waffles

Waffle Stacks

Waffle stacks – for dessert or breakfast? You decide!

A great way to start the day on the Fourth of July. But then again, a great way to END the day on the Fourth of July.

In the Pancakes vs. Waffles debate, I stand firmly on the side of waffles. I mean, C’mon, all that crispy goodness of the waffle surfaces,  just empty little squares waiting to be filled with butter and syrup. What’s better than that???

I have recently been making dessert waffles. There is one trick to making them with the perfect crispy crunch on the outside: sugar.  Yes, just plain old regular sugar. You just sprinkle a tiny bit on the surface of your waffle iron right before spooning in the batter and – my oh my! – this adds the perfect sweet crust! Trust me on this one and just try it! Turns waffles into sweet crispy desserts!

Red White and Blueberry Dessert Waffles Stacks
 
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Dessert or Breakfast? You decide!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Additional sugar for sprinkling on waffle iron
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup strawberry jam
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup blueberry jam
  • Whipped cream (as much as desired!)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk together the milk, eggs, butter and almond extract. Combine the wet and dry ingredients with minimal stirring.
  2. Blend in blender the strawberries and strawberry jam. Blend together the blueberries and blueberry jam.
  3. When ready to pour into a waffle iron, sprinkle a little sugar on surface of waffle iron. Then ladle in the waffle batter and cook to desired color and texture.
  4. Layer the waffles with whipped cream, strawberry mixture and blueberry mixture.

Other bloggers do dessert waffles:

Chocolate Raspberry Waffles, Lovely Little Kitchen
Sweet Potato Dessert Waffles, Ally’s Kitchen
Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches, Dessert for Two

Patriotic Rocket Pops: Fruited But Definitely Not Plain!

Patriotic Rocket Pops

I just got back from a visit to Colorado to spend a few days with family. Since I usually only get to visit over the winter holidays, I had forgotten just how hot it can get there: it was in the high 90’s and low 100’s the entire time. Now, it’s a dry heat, so I found it much more tolerable than it would have been if humidity were added to the mix, but still. 104 is still 104.

So I see delicious and gorgeous popsicle action popping up all over Pinterest and my Facebook feed. Check out this incredible cucumber honeydew margarita “poptail”, for just one example. I made it and can guarantee it is as gloriously refreshing as it looks.  But I also wanted to make one of my own, with fruit, no dairy, and and no refined sugar, so I could enjoy with abandon. A frozen smoothie, really. Since next week is (already!) the 4th, why not run with the theme? …

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Red, White and Blueberry Cookie Tarts

Berry cookies

What’s better than cookies or fruit tarts? Cookies that are morphed into fruit tarts.

These pretty little cookie tarts are super easy to make and so festive! Isn’t it nice of Mother Nature to give us Americans strawberries, raspberries and blueberries just in time to create red, white and blue desserts? God Bless Mother Nature as well as America!

I used sugar cookies from a bakery, but if you want to make your own, so much the better. If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you could make our Five Minute Homemade Puff pastry. No, we are not making this up: it really does take only five minutes of prep time from scratch.

Individual Tart Size Homemade Puff Pastry

The cream cheese frosting recipe (below) I used is my favorite all-time frosting that I have made in 30 years. It is light, fluffy and so flavorful. It really shouldn’t be called “frosting,” it should be called “heavenly fluff.” I use almond extract so as not to muddy the color, and almond is a delicious flavor with most any other dessert ingredient. It’s used sparingly here – one of those background flavors that makes you say “Hmmmm  . . . what’s in here???”

Happy Fourth Everyone!

The inspiration for these tarts came from Patriotic Cookie Tarts at Red Couch Recipes. Fabulous Fourth Idea!

FLUFFY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Makes enough frosting for 24 cookies, 4 to 5 inches in diameter

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon extract (I used almond)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups whipping cream

Whisk together in a mixing bowl the powdered sugar, salt, extract and cream cheese.

Whip the cream until stiff peaks and fold into cream cheese mixture.

Use immediately, or cover and chill until ready to use.

— posted by Donna