Canada Day Strawberry Waffles

We couldn’t let Canada Day go by without careful meal planning or we wouldn’t be Gourmet Ontario. I planned the entire day’s meals to carefully coincide with our hectic schedule. The biggest hit of the day were my Canada Day Strawberry waffles. I have been asked to make them again very soon. I hope your family will enjoy them as much as ours did.

Canada Day Strawberry Waffles

 

Canada Day Strawberry Waffles

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs, separated
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 cups milk
    • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

Strawberry Syrup, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Into a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Beat the egg whites on medium speed in an electric mixer until peaks start to form. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer and let it run while I prepare the rest of the batter. In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the milk, melted butter, and maple syrup and whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture to the egg-milk mixture and whisk just until blended, being careful not to overmix. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter, being careful not to overmix. Brush the waffle iron with Canola oil, if needed, and pour enough batter in the iron to just cover the waffle grid. Close and cook as per the manufacturer’s instructions until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. (Do not open the waffle iron for at least 1 minute.) Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve immediately with Strawberry Syrup spooned over the top of each waffle.

Fresh Strawberry Syrup:

    • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and diced, or thawed frozen unsweetened strawberries (about 3 cups)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • Juice of 1 medium sized orange
    • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh mint

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the strawberries are soft and the syrup is thickened and reduced by one-third to one-half in volume, 15 to 18 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving.

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