Waffles topped with fruit is one of our all-time favorite meals, and we eat it for dinner as often as we eat it for breakfast. Choose your favorite fruit for variety, and dress it up for special occasions with fresh whipped cream or ice cream atop the fruit.
1. Sift together in a large bowl, 2 c. flour, 4 t. baking powder, 1 t. salt, 1/4 c. sugar
2. Whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 c. oil (I use coconut oil), 2 c. milk, 1 t. vanilla.
3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until moistened and lumpy, but don’t beat.
4. Cook in hot, oiled waffle iron until crisp on the outside.
5. While the waffles cook, open a jar or can of fruit and pour the liquid syrup from the jar into a saucepan. We usually use a quart jar of our home canned peaches, but you can use any canned fruit.
6. Mix 1 T. cornstarch with 1/4 c. milk and add that mixture to the fruit syrup. Heat to almost boiling–your syrup should be the consistency of maple syrup. Chop the fruit from the jar and add it to the syrup. This is your delicious fruit compote.
Top with fresh whipped cream or ice cream for special occasions. Ice cream is lovely melted over the warm fruit compote.
You could also use your favorite pancake or waffle mix, but it will be slightly less nutritious and cost-effective.
For birthdays and special occasions, I’ll set chocolate syrup, caramel and spray-whipped-cream on the table for the kids to embellish their waffles with.
16 waffles: $2
Jar of fruit: $2
Cost is 50 cents per serving