Monday, January 9, 2012

Belgian Waffles with Blueberry Lemon Compote

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This weekend we went up North to go skiing. Piggie, Tay, a couple of my cousins and I took snowboarding lessons this year. 


Because snowboarding is awesome.


Okay. That's not really me. It's my cousin. I would never have such awesome snowpants. And I would never be on top of such a big hill with a snowboard.

See, the lesson didn't really go so well. All the way down the hill the instructor was like, "Okay, if you get going to fast, you're just gonna have to fall. And try to fall on your FACE, just cause you don't want to break your back and be paralyzed for the rest of your sorry life." So it took us about an hour to get down the bunny hill and I pretty much shattered my tailbone about a bazillion times. Then when we got to the bottom I was like, "Oh man, this lesson better get better before I eat this guys face off." And then he just looked as his watch and said, "Well, it's been nice teaching you. Good luck SUCKER!"

So we switched back to skiis.

Okay, the instructor wasn't actually mean. I just made that up.

But I did want to eat his face off.


It was super fun though. My Mom's whole entire side of the family goes up every year and we pretty much take over an entire hotel and have a crazy awesome time. We swam and ate and had a few birthday cakes, like we do every time we get together. Then when we got kicked out of the hotel we all headed over to our cousins' house which is only a few minutes away. You can see the ski slopes from their house. There we had a Just Dance tournament on the Wii, made chocolate fondue, and played a few thousand games of euchre. Good times.


I woke up this morning really sore and starving for waffles.


But plain waffles are boring. So I made some blueberry lemon compote. It only takes a couple milliseconds and it's sooo gooooood.



And don't forget your whipped cream. Gotta get that calcium.

And maple syrup. It's obviously a vegetable. I mean, it's part of a tree. Yeah. That's how I roll.


Belgian Waffles
Makes about 8 big waffles

3 egg yolks
4 egg whites
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup corn starch*
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
A pinch of cream of tartar (for beating the egg whites)
2 tablespoons sugar

Stir together the egg yolks, oil, milk, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, corn starch, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and stir just until combined. It will be slightly lumpy.
Beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the two tablespoons of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in to the batter. Do not overmix. Bake in a greased waffle iron. Top with blueberry lemon compote and real whipped cream.

Blueberry Lemon Compote

2 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium high heat, whisking occasionally. Boil it for a minute or so until the berries are all cooked down.
*I like to use cornstarch and all-purpose flour instead of cake flour. It's just easier and cheaper. 

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