These rich vanilla bean waffles are the ideal brunch for Valentines Day. Top them with your lovers favourite toppings. Scroll down for the recipe.
Today is the perfect day to share these Vanilla Bean Waffles, not just because Valentines Day is round the corner, but because today I’m off to a wedding! My cousin is marrying her best friend from school! When they were teenagers the timing was never right but over a decade later they are finally getting their happily ever after. Love is in the air today!
I do love a good wedding. Everyone is full of smiles, laughter and champagne! But I’m also excited to see how they’ve put their own personalities into the day. They’ve hand made a lot of the decorations which is a really nice touch and I expect their may be a little bit of a Cornish theme to the food! This Valentines Day is going to be very special for them.
Just the way you like it
This year Jon and I will be celebrating our 12th Valentines Day together. The way we’ve celebrated has changed a lot over the years and gone are the expensive gifts. (There’s only so many watches you can buy a man!) Instead we just try to do make the day a little bit more special with breakfast in bed and a date night out in the evening.
These Vanilla Bean Waffles are the perfect dish to make whether you’re making breakfast in bed, or a candlelit brunch for two. You can whip up the batter in just minutes. Pop them into your waffle machine, wait for them to get crisp and fluffy before serving with your favourite toppings.
We like to top ours with fresh fruits: cherries, blueberries and raspberries are best but your really can use anything. I’ma sucker for a dark chocolate sauce and a healthy dollop of freshly whipped cream! For Jon I add a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts too.
As well as being a quick recipe to make, there aren’t too many ingredients either. Hopefully you’ll already have most of them in the house which means you can make them at the drop of a hat! (Ideal if you totally forgot it was Valentines Day! Don’t worry, we’ve all been there…)
- 2 eggs
- 150g plain flour
- Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- Seeds from one vanilla pod
- Pinch of salt
- 25g melted butter
- 300ml milk
- Heat the waffle maker according to the instructions that come with your machine.
- Separate the yolks from the whites and place the whites in a large bowl.
- Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.
- In a separate large bowl, add the flour, bicarbonate, caster sugar, seeds from the vanilla pod and the salt and whisk (by hand) to incorporate.
- Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks and melted butter.
- Start whisking until a smooth paste has formed add slowly add the milk.
- Keep whisking until you get a smooth, thick batter.
- Finally, carefully fold in the egg whites until you have a light batter frofthy batter.
- Spoon the batter into your waffle maker and cook for 5 mins or according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Keep going until you've used all of the batter (they freeze well once cooked).
- Add the first couple of batches to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven (no higher than 100C).
- Serve with your favourite toppings!
You might have to adjust the cooking time according to your waffle makers instructions and I appreciate not all of you will have a machine that makes heart shaped waffles. (Maybe that’s an idea for a Valentines Day present next year!)
If I’ve learnt anything over the last couple of years it’s don’t overfill the waffle machine. They do puff up quite a bit! And the last thing you want is to be cleaning half cooked waffle mix spilling out over your kitchen counter.
Finally, remember that you can freeze any extra waffles you make. You can then re-heat them in the toaster, microwave or grill then next time you fancy a romantic breakfast in bed.
More valentines brunch ideas
If you need more inspiration for Valentines Day breakfast or brunch why not check out these recipes from some of my fellow food bloggers here in the UK. There’s a good mix of sweet and savoury options so you could even have a 2 course meal! I’ve also included vegan and gluten free options. Do go and check them out!
- Cinnamon Eggy Crumpets from Celery and Cupcakes
- Beetroot, Blueberry and Buckwheat Pancakes from Veggie Desserts
- Italian Eggs Benedict from Fuss Free Flavours
- Nutella Spelt Pancakes from BakingQueen74
- Vegan Semolina Pancakes with Maple and Nutmeg Roasted Plantain from Recipe from a Pantry
- Gluten-free Meze-inspired Crumpets from A Mummy Too
In a way it’s a shame Valentines Day falls on a week day this year as after breakfast we’ll be parting ways and heading off to work. Hopefully we’ll be able to make it out for a candle lit meal afterwards. What do you have planned for this Valentines Day? Let me know in the comments below!