How do I love thee, peanut butter? Next to apple slices, tucked inside a chocolate cup, sandwiched with homemade jam, and now, in waffles. As someone who consumes peanut butter almost daily, I saw this recipe in the May 2011 issue of Everyday Food and couldn’t resist.
The recipe isn’t on Martha Stewart’s site yet, so I’ve posted it for you. I was able to get 20 small heart-shaped waffles out of the batter. Two waffles (before you add bananas and syrup) are 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus points.
Peanut Butter Waffles
Yield varies with waffle maker
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing waffle iron
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
3 bananas, sliced, for serving
3/4 cup pure maple syrup, for serving
Heat waffle iron and preheat oven to 275°F; set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a blender, blend butter and peanut butter until smooth, 1 minute. Add buttermilk and eggs and blend until combined, 1 minute. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until batter is combined.
Brush waffle iron with butter and pour in 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Close iron and cook until waffles are golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm; repeat with remaining batter. Serve with bananas and maple syrup.
Note: Waffles can be frozen in zip-top bags, up to 1 month; reheat in the toaster or a 325°F oven.
Source: Everyday Food, May 2011
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a bad waffle, but these are tastier than most. They have a subtle peanut butter flavor when eaten plain; I think the bananas and syrup bring out the peanut butter a bit more. In terms of texture, they’re pretty light and fluffy. The oven time crisps the outside edge a bit (a plus in my book!). Since I am always looking for good make-ahead recipes to take the stress out of entertaining (or even just getting Dr. O out the door in the morning), I love that I can make a whole batch and either hold them in the oven or freeze them for later.
These aren’t going to dethrone my favorite classic waffle recipe, but they are certainly delicious and a nice change of pace. Give them a try!