I unsurprisingly own quite a lot of kitchen equipment (and yet still covet more!); a lot of it gets used regularly; some things, such as the ice cream maker and deep fryer, get brought out every now and again; and some things shamefully get used once then shoved in a drawer never to see the light of day again. My poor waffle maker was one of those things that got used once then put away. It makes no sense to have neglected it so, seeing as how both I and Damian love waffles; I suppose I merely forgot about it's existence. I came across it whilst attempting to clear out a cupboard and vowed to put it to more frequent use; these chocolate chip almond waffles were a perfect reminder of just how good waffles can be.
These are so incredibly easy to make, you just shove all the ingredients in a blender, blitz until smooth then stir in some chocolate chips and cook your waffles. I added in some ground almonds, partly for flavour, but partly also because they make the waffles much more filling. I amped up the almond flavour with the addition of some almond extract, it works really well with the chocolate and I adore all things almond but you can omit the extract if you would prefer to keep it a little more subtle.
I think these are best served topped with berries and maple syrup; with yoghurt if you are feeling healthy, or cream or ice cream if you want an all-out treat; and maybe even a drizzle of extra melted chocolate. They freeze well too if you have leftovers, just defrost them in a low oven when needed.
Chocolate Chip Almond Waffles
- 60 g (¼ cup) butter melted
- 25 g (2 tbsp) caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 100 g (¾ cup + 1 Tbsp) plain flour
- 85 g (¾ cup) ground almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 190 ml (¾ cup + 1 Tbsp) milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- couple drops almond extract
- 100 g (3.5oz) milk chocolate chips
- sliced strawberries and blueberries (or whatever fruit you want, I'm not your mother)
- flaked almonds (toasted if you like)
- maple syrup (obvs)
- cream, yoghurt or ice cream
- Preheat the oven 140C/275F/gas mark 1 and place a baking sheet in there. Place all of the waffle ingredients apart from the chocolate chips into a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively you can whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk and extracts in a jug; sift together the flour, sugar, ground almonds, baking powder and salt in a bowl then whisk the wet ingredients into the dry.
- Stir in the chocolate chips then set the batter aside for five minutes while you heat the waffle iron.
- Brush the waffle iron generously with oil then use a ladle to portion in the waffle batter. Make sure that you stir it regularly and scoop from the bottom so that you get some chocolate chips in each one.
- Cook the waffles according to the manufacturers instructions (all waffle irons vary), or until golden. Carefully transfer the cooked waffles to the baking tray in the oven to keep warm. Re-grease the waffle iron and repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Serve the waffles topped with fresh fruit, a sprinkling of flaked almonds, maple syrup and a dollop of cream, yoghurt or ice cream if you like.