Making waffle for breakfast is fun, especially when kids are involve in the process. And, I just did that. My nephews are here with me during the summer, and this morning the youngest one (8 years old) was helping me to make this waffles. He had so much fun in the process of making this waffle, when the waffle was ready, he put it in his plate, and put another one for his brother's. He carefully drizzled maple syrup, then they both started to humming while eating it. To see their faces and hear their voices saying how pretty and yummy the waffle look like was precious.
Note about the recipe: I adapted the recipe from Maria Speck, the author of Ancient grains For Modern Meal, which has a lot of good review through the medias. I don't have the book at the moment, but will definitely purchase it very soon. This waffle recipe though, I adapted from her blog, which I have been waiting for since she mentioned it on facebook. In her recipe she did not use butter, but using more of healthier olive oil, she also added chilly powder in her recipe, which I didn't use. Since I wanted something more luxurious and rich for my waffle, I used european butter, and splurged on the chocolate. I fortunately still have Valrhona chocolate in my pantry. Lastly, I served this waffle with berries (my favorite), and maple syrup, but you can serve yours with yogurt and raspberry syrup like the Maria serve hers. Hope you'll try her recipe, or you can try mine too.
Spelt Chocolate Waffles
Recipe adapted from Maria's dark chocolate chilly waffles with spelt flour and raspberry sauce
makes 4 (7-inch) waffles
1½cups spelt flour
1½ oz Valrhona cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1¾ t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
2 cups milk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
1 vanilla bean - scraped
2 oz (4 tbs) butter, melted then cool slightly
4 oz Caraïbe chocolate (or, any 66% chocolate)
maple syrup, or honey to serve, optional
confectioner's sugar for sprinkling, optional
Fresh berries, or any seasonal fruit to serve, optional
In a large mixing bowl mix together spelt flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Make a well in the middle, pour in milk, lightly beaten egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix just to combine. Do not over mix, it's okay if there are lumps here and there, it is better to have lumpy batter then having a tough waffles. Add chopped chocolate - mix, again, do not over mix the batter.
Cook on your waffle maker according to manufacturer's direction. Transfer onto individual serving plate, serve with a little drizzle of maple syrup, or honey, sprinkle in confectioner's sugar if desire, and to make it look even prettier and more tempting, scatter some seasonal fruit on top. Serve at once.