Winter Waffle Wonderland

Perfect for a Christmas Day breakfast, preferably to be eaten while still in pyjamas alongside something fizzy. It’s Christmas after all!These waffles are gently flavoured with the warming, wintery spices of cinnamon and cloves and given a little freshness from the orange.

Makes 12-15 waffles. Surplus waffles can be frozen and reheated in the oven or toaster once defrosted.

You will need a waffle maker, electric or stove top.

  • 450g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 tbsp caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ΒΌ tsp ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 250ml orange juice
  • 4 tbsp oil (I used groundnut)

Separate the eggs and whisk the egg whites until foamy. Lightly beat the yolks in a separate bowl or cup.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl.

Stir in the egg yolks, milk, orange juice and oil and whisk until just combined (some lumps may be present).

Gently fold in a small amount of the whisked egg whites to loosen the batter, then follow with the rest. Do not over mix or your waffles will not be fluffy and light.

Heat your waffle iron to the correct temperature and cook each waffle until they are golden brown and crisp. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and syrup, topped with a sprinkling of dried cranberries.

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