Morning Celebrations

Sometimes there's an almost-audible post-Christmas sigh that blends both a bit of relief that there's a calm after the rush that the holidays have brought, but also a little loss of festivity that was just naturally there in the run-up to Christmas. If you're finding that mornings are a bit less festive since Christmas, I present to you a simple way to recapture some of that:

I present Eggnog Belgian Waffles for your dining pleasure and delight! How many of us have a partially consumed carton of eggnog in the back of our refrigerators right now? Why not add a few extra ingredients that you're almost certain to have on hand and make a batch of light, fluffy waffles that carry the flavor of eggnog in each rich bite? Since it's an easy recipe, you don't have to feel like you're being fussy, but it's absolutely a morning meal with a touch or ten of festivity.

Top these waffles with your favorite toppings or even add a dollop of cranberry sauce or thicken some of that eggnog to drizzle over the top of them. They are great on their own or with a side of thick-cut bacon or spicy sausage. Orange juice, coffee, and fresh fruit are a nice touch, too. Enjoy the calm you've recaptured since the holidays without losing some of the celebration. Happy January!

Eggnog Belgian Waffles

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 2 c. eggnog (not low fat!)
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten

Heat a Belgian waffle iron.

Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the eggnog, melted butter, and the beaten egg until well blended. Add more eggnog (if needed) to thin the batter to the desired consistency.

Spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour some of the batter onto the preheated waffle iron, close the top, and cook until the waffle is golden brown and crisp on both sides, usually 4-5 minutes. Transfer the waffles to a serving plate, and keep warm in a low oven until serving. Serve with the toppings of your choice.

  • Yields: 6 waffles
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes

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