It Looks like Classic Buttermilk Waffles Have Some Competition

February  4, 2017

Let me make a case for waffles. I don't mean to imply that waffles aren't universally loved (they are), but they're relegated to the brunch table and they shouldn't be. Not only can waffles be sweet or savory, they're also excellent vehicles for all sorts of toppings, from fruit compote to fried chicken. In that regard, you could think of them as the easier, more casual cousin of a piece of toast.

Waffle batter takes mere minutes to mix up, and they're ready moments later. You don't even need to turn on the oven! It's almost too good to believe. My mother used to make classic buttermilk waffles in big batches, cooling and freezing halves of them to bring out and toast for a quick breakfast. As sneaky, ever-hungry children, we quickly discovered frozen waffles are actually a delicacy in their own right.

In my household, a cache of frozen homemade waffles is just as useful as batches of cooked grains or pre-prepped vegetables. We like to heat them up and eat them for dessert. I prefer my waffles on the not-too-sweet side, so you can dress them up with maple syrup as you see fit. But as the world's foremost almond paste fangirl (see here and here), I've been captivated by the idea of adding almond paste to my standard baking recipes, including waffles.

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Would it "melt" properly into the batter? Would the flavor shine through? Would it be too sweet?

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“i think it's a bit of a stretch to say that making waffles is easier than making a piece of toast ... not to mention the cleaning up ... but i darn well love waffles.”
— Liam F.

To answer: It melts nicely, and you don't need to be too concerned about it being incorporated completely smoothly. To help blend it in, you'll melt together butter and milk and then add the almond paste to the hot milk mixture and stir it around to get it to dissolve.

The flavor is subtle, yet prominent, and nutty, yet complex. These waffles are slightly sweeter than a classic buttermilk waffle but nowhere near as sweet as something like a Belgian waffle. Crisp and light, they're good any time of the day.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses almond paste? Tell us about it in the comments!

Posie Harwood is a writer, photographer, and food stylist based in New York. You can read more of her writing here.

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I like warm homemade bread slathered with fresh raw milk butter, ice cream in all seasons, the smell of garlic in olive oil, and sugar snap peas fresh off the vine.


Sabine June 5, 2017
What a lovely way to use almond paste, I can imagine it makes the most beautiful crust here! I´ll try that one sunday morning soon. As a huge lover of all things marzipan - I´m German - , I stir it (grated) into cakes, chouquettes, or use it as a filling for yeast wreaths. And I could have Elisenlebkuchen all year long!
Chris E. June 4, 2017
Waffle recipes include some form of oil to keep them from sticking to the iron. Why not here?
Liam F. February 5, 2017
"In that regard, you could think of them as the easier, more casual cousin of a piece of toast."

i think it's a bit of a stretch to say that making waffles is easier than making a piece of toast ... not to mention the cleaning up ...

but i darn well love waffles.
Posie (. February 6, 2017
Haha very valid point you make. Waffles + toast, all easy, simple, perfect comfort food.
Ashley O. February 5, 2017
I make marzipan marshmallows using small chunks of almond paste that I add to the whipped marshmallow mixture in the last few minutes of mixing. Some of the almond paste nearly dissolves, giving a mild almond taste to the marshmallows, and some stays in little chunks. I add a little almond extract as well. Actually, I'm making these today as part of my Valentine's Gift Guide offerings, and will be adding a new blog post about marshmallows shortly! Check it out, and sign-up to get an email when I do!
Emma N. February 4, 2017
These are beautiful, Posey. I'm wondering what waffle iron you use? dad loves thin waffles like this!
Posie (. February 4, 2017
I have a very basic (and old!) cuisinart model which has served me well! I've been debating getting a new one that would be easier to clean (the plates in mine don't come out) but it works beautifully and makes nice and thin but still fluffy waffles. I can find the exact model if you want!
Emma N. February 6, 2017
I would love that, if it's not too much trouble!
Posie (. February 6, 2017
Sure! I have this version: (I'm going to be making these waffles on Facebook Live on Tuesday morning so if you tune in you can see it in person!!).
Gibson2011 February 4, 2017
These sound amazing. I've always loved waffles over pancakes and I adore almond paste. Trying these as soon as I get over my nasty cold!
Posie (. February 4, 2017
Oh feel better! And enjoy them when you do :)