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Author Notes: The summer’s great zucchini harvest means it is time for baking and creating in the kitchen. I always make zucchini bread, and who doesn’t, but after reading a zucchini buttermilk waffle recipe online (below) I just had to create some of my own:
And so I embarked on a mission to make Belgian style waffles using my usual zucchini bread spices, garden fresh grated carrots and finely crushed walnuts. I also added Non-Diastatic Malt powder (totally optional) because it adds color and an additional sweet flavor; I buy it from King Arthur.
Belgian waffles, known for their thickness, are light and airy on the inside and crisp on the outside, delicious; if you like zucchini bread you will like these waffles.
Batter Note: I made 6 waffles with this recipe; the batter is fluffy and thick, a bit on the sticky side, but that was fine with me, it did not disappoint.
Makes about 6 belgian waffles
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour or a mix of white whole wheat and AP
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon malt powder - optional
- 3 heaping tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 c. buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons salted butter – melted and cooled to room temperature
- 1 teaspoon walnut oil (optional)
- Grate the zucchini and carrots using the large holes of a box grater, set aside until needed.
- In a large sized bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until light and foamy. Add the cooled butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and if using – walnut oil. Whisk until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, finely chopped walnuts, wheat germ, malt powder, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients; whisk until just incorporated.
- Fold in the zucchini/carrot mixture until smooth.
- Spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Place some batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Mash-Up Recipe