For 99% of things I own or have, I don't hoard. I like simplicity, hate clutter, and am a minimalist at heart (which I'm sure shows in my hardly-styled photos). In the kitchen, I'm the exact same way but there's always a few key items that I hoard like it's my job and two of those items are featured in this recipe.
The second cherry season starts, I go a bit crazy and way overspend. Both M and I will grab a bowl and snack on them all day. To me, they are the perfect fruit snack. I've also been known to hoard vanilla beans. When I can, I sneak in the vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract. I love the extra flecks the vanilla bean adds to the overall dish on top of the lovely vanilla flavor (that I find actually comes through better than using vanilla extract). This recipe is really all about the cherry topping (but don't be fooled- the waffles are great too!)
Waffles with Vanilla Bean Cherries
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 2 Belgian Waffles 1x
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ cup oat flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup mlk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups pitted and halved cherries
- 1 vanilla bean
- Toast Pecans, for topping
- Extra Maple Syrup, for serving
- Preheat the waffle iron. In a bowl, whisk together the flours, whole oats, baking powder, and sea salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined but with a few lumps, being careful not to over mix. If batter is thick, add up to ¼ cup of milk, one tablespoon at a time, to thin the batter out (it should be pourable but not thin).
- Pour half of the batter into the waffle iron and cook per the waffle iron directions. Keep finished waffles on a baking tray in a 200 ̊F oven until ready to serve.
- While waffles are cooking, combined the butter, maple syrup, and cherries in a sauce pan or skillet. Half the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds into the cherry mixture. Heat over medium-low heat until cherries are tender.
- Top waffles with cherry mixture, toasted pecans, and extra maple syrup as needed.