Breakfast…..Anytime!

What could be better than breakfast for dinner?! I absolutely love breakfast food and it has been years since I have had waffles. With my mind set and an old family recipe turned gluten free…..I’m ready to go for it!  As usual though, I underestimated the size of bowl I needed, and with flecks of beaten egg whites all over me, I realize that I probably need to invest in an apron or two! LOL! However, the batter is ready, so……dust off the waffle iron and here goes nothing! Just the smell of a hot waffle iron is making my mouth water…..as my stomach rumbles I take the first waffle off the grill. Sure enough……it’s perfectly browned, light and fluffy…… I hope I’m not getting my hopes up, as it had better taste as amazing as it looks! The smell of baking apparently wafts through my house and out into the yard because my husband always seems to walk in the door at the exact moment whatever I’m cooking is ready! So of course…….being the BEST little wife that I am (LOL) I let him have the first one! That first bite shows it all on his face…..or was that just the syrup dripping because he inhaled in! I haven’t seen him wolf something down that fast in awhile! Apparently though, they are delicious……. and patience is not a strong virtue of mine! :{ FINALLY, mine is ready! OMG…….its like heaven in my mouth! I’m not over exaggerating here! I had forgotten how delicious a hot fluffy Belgian waffle could be! And gluten free even! I had one leftover (yes, surprisingly there WERE leftovers!) the next day and it was still wonderful. While you can’t beat butter and maple syrup, I’m a pushover for fruit and whip cream! Equally scrumptious!! I’m sold on waffles for sure! Although my standby for breakfast is pancakes….as that’s what i usually eat for breakfast each morning, I think I’ll be throwing in the waffles just as often now! Like I said though…..breakfast is simply wonderful no matter what time of day you eat it! And I’ve got some really fantastic breakfast recipes for you to try! Here are a couple to get you started…..I’ll be posting more soon though! 🙂

Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles: (Printable Version)

1 3/4 c gluten free flour (see mix recipe on my last post!)

3/4 tsp xanthan gum

1 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs, separated

1 1/2 c milk

7 Tbsp oil

Beat the egg whites until stiff. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine egg yolks, milk and oil and add to dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened. Fold in egg whites. Add 1 1/3 cups batter to hot greased (sprayed with Pam or Crisco spray) Belgian waffle iron. The light on the waffle iron turns off on mine when its done, or just cook until they are lightly browned. Made 4 (of the ones in the picture).

( Printable Version) Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

1 c gluten free flour

1 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 c buttermilk

2  Tbsp oil

1 egg, lightly beaten

Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with wire whisk. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a glass measuring cup and then whisk  into the dry ingredients until  moistened. You don’t want to over-mix though or they will be flat! Heat a nonstick griddle to 325-250 depending on how dark you like your pancakes. No need to spray the pan either. The batter will thicken up as the griddle heats up! I usually do 3 on the griddle at once….this recipe will make 6. Or you can make them smaller or larger, depending on who you’re feeding! LOL! This recipe can easily be doubled. And if you’re wondering where the xanthan gum is… it doesn’t need any! Surprisingly they turn out perfect without it! Nice and light and fluffy! Never again will you want to eat one of those awful “Gut-bombers” as my mom likes to call them from a pancake mix! Yugh! These are yummy leftover too. My husband won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole, as they are soggy, but you drench them in syrup anyways so…. LOL, more for me I guess! I like to do what we did as kids and put jam on them and roll them up like a crepe…..yum! You see now why I eat pancakes everyday! These are WAY better than a boring bowl of cereal!

Both of these recipes are absolutely delectable right off the griddle! But again, they are still pretty tasty reheated! Top with whatever you like…….syrup (which reminds me…..just FYI Golden Griddle Syrup is the only brand other than pure maple syrup that is gluten free, and it is honestly, the best syrup there is anyways!) I like to top mine with berries and whip cream, fruit syrup (i think Smuckers fruit syrups are gluten free…..I’ve been using them anyways so I must have read the label and determined they were at some point!) I also like to throw in blueberries or chocolate chips sometimes! Gotta keep it fresh! No matter how you like them……..these old breakfast standbys are certainly a welcome addition to gluten free breakfasts! Hope you enjoy them as much as i do! 🙂

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