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BELGIAN WAFFLE BRUNCH IDEAS

I'm planning a smallish get together (around 8-10 people), this weekend to break in my new Belgian waffle iron and just needed some ideas on what to serve with the waffles besides the usual maple syrup. I'd like to keep it as uncomplicated as possible and not planning on making anything besides the waffles (ie, no eggs, meats), but will likely have fruit. Any ideas on how to have an "elegant-looking" brunch while keeping it simple at the same time?

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  1. It's fig season, so the first thing that popped into my head was figs poached in port or sherry. Just spoon onto the waffle and serve with a not-too-sweetened whip cream or a spoonful of mascarpone.

    If your guests are more adventurous, you could also try strawberries macerated in a good-quality balsamic with shredded fresh basil.

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    1. re: tartiflette

      Set up a condiments station for your guests much along the same idea as the mashed potatoe bars at functions are set up... lots of toppings in bowls and let your guests choose.
      Cut up all kinds of fruits (in season) berries, peaches, nectarines, figs, dated, plums etc...
      Fresh whipped cream (add a touch of vanilla/sugar)
      Caramel sauce
      Toasted/salted pecans or
      Pralines
      Pure Maple Syrup for those die hard traditionalists
      Powdered Sugar
      Strawberries with sauce (frozen berries mixed with sugar/water allow to defrost)
      Apple Sauce
      Cinnamon
      Mascapone Cheese
      Sweetened Ricotta Cheese

      The ideas are endless really- makes me want to invest in a Belgiun Waffle maker and invite over tons of people for a party!

      1. re: MeffaBabe

        great list! All I would add is bananas in caramel sauce and chocolate sauce (if you haven't any time you could just add some cream to loosen nutella)

    2. Wow, thank-you both for the great ideas.

      MeffaBabe--how do you prepare sweetened ricotta cheese (or do you buy it already sweetened)?

      1. Do your guests know it's waffles only? You might want to have something with protein (like a quiche?) on hand for folks with diet/health blood sugar issues.

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        1. re: charliefur

          i was just looking at a soyrizo and egg frittata that might be something I'll try. i know i have some vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends coming. Thanks!

          1. re: charliefur

            Concur on a little protein... Could offer cottage cheese - plain or sweetened w/ sugar and cinnamon

            Ricotta is also a good protein source and sweeten by mashing with sugar or honey and optionally vanilla and/or cinnamon

            Love nutella

            Perhaps a PB sauce a la Friendly's

            Marshmallow Creme

            Stewed rhubarb... just rhubarb cooked down in water with sugar and cinnamon then mashed

            I's offer a few savory options as well such as...
            sauteed mushrooms
            caramelized onions
            honey ham cubes or smoked sausage (good w/ maple syrup)
            Cheddar Cheese

            and um... vanilla ice cream???

          2. I don't know if you have a waffle recipe already but my very good Belgian friend recently threw a party for the Belgian national holiday (in July) and served these waffles, which are her grandmother's recipe. Everyone was begging her to write it down. Here's the waffle recipe:
            1.1 lbs (500g) selfrising flour
            17 oz (0.5 liter) milk
            6 eggs
            0.44 lbs (200g) sugar
            0.33 lbs (150g) butter

            First stir the flour, milk and egg yolks
            Then add the previously melted butter (you can do that in a sauce pan) to this mixture, stir, then the sugar, stir, and then finally add in the beaten egg whites (do this beforehand with a mixer, make it very foamy), stir again

            Heat your waffle iron and add in some of the dough (it will be very fluid). Don't add in too much because the dough will spread in the iron. Bake them light brown.

            Enjoy! Smakelijk!

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            1. re: LAcupcake

              Hey LAcupcake, any idea how many waffles this makes?

            2. If you can find Dorie Greenspan's Waffles from morning to midnight, there are a lot of great ideas in it--things like pizza waffles or using waffles like bread. I'd add some salty food, eg., ham and/or cheese, because it could get too sweet w/ all those sweetened toppings. I like peanut butter on my waffles.

              1. Ok this may sound weird, but bear with me for a sec.....I know you weren't planning on making any meats, but my husband makes me waffles with bits of crisp cooked bacon thrown into the batter.
                If you're the type to dump syrup on your bacon/sausage, then you will love it.
                To make it workable for your party, you can fry up a pound of bacon beforehand and crumble it up into a bowl. That way people can add it to their waffle before its cooked on the iron.

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                1. re: HungryRubia

                  Everyone's given me some great ideas--thank you!
                  I love bacon so I actually am considering using your idea about putting some into the batter. When I was a little kid, I used to pile a few slices of bacon between waffles to make a waffle sandwich, along with the whip cream, strawberries and syrup!

                  1. re: HungryRubia

                    ....I make corn bread waffles and serve them with raw cheese and stews (eg chili, beef stew, etc once a week in the wintertime. I just use a cornbread recipe and add an additional egg and a little more oil.