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"Banana Waffles" will be very welcome when you have a special weekend breakfast or brunch!
"Banana Waffles" will be very welcome when you have a special weekend breakfast or brunch!
photo: budgetgourmetmom.com

On many weekends, many families have something special for breakfast. Since our weekdays have most of us on the go and schedules to keep, weekend breakfasts and brunches are always welcome. Having quality time with family and friends is always a pleasure, especially when you have good food at hand!

Waffles are always popular with many on the weekend, since we have more time to make them and enjoy them. Of course, it's easy to open a box of frozen waffles, but homemade is certainly something special. So, let's go that route and make some homemade waffles, but let's flavor them with bananas! "Banana Waffles" will be a hit with those who are fans of waffles and bananas, too!

This recipe is much like any typical waffle recipe, except it's banana flavored. These waffles call for you to sift together the dry ingredients and make an opening in the center of the mixture. Egg yolks, lemon juice, melted butter and milk go into this center and they're mixed together. Sliced banana goes in, followed by stiffly beaten egg whites. You then bake the waffles according to the directions supplied with your waffle iron. Served with honey or the traditional maple syrup and melted butter, this will make a special breakfast treat!

When making these waffles, or any quick bread, one rule that needs to be followed is to not overmix your batter. This would cause the "rising power" from the batter to be lost. Mix the ingredients only enough to mix well, but no more. Overmixing causes a quick bread like waffles to appear flat and dense instead of being tall and light.

If you would like a variation on these waffles, crushed pineapple can be used in place of the banana. For serving, try to serve waffles as soon as possible as they come from the waffle iron. If not all of the batter is used, go ahead and bake all of the batter and freeze what's not eaten. For serving, these can go in a toaster or oven to recrisp them.

I shared another waffle recipe sometime ago for "Club Soda Waffles", which are waffles that come out light as a feather and are wonderful for breakfast or even as a dessert waffle. To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-special-breakfast-treat-for-mom

For a real breakfast treat, try this recipe. You may "go bananas" over it!

BANANA WAFFLES

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-1./2 cups milk
  • 1 medium sized banana, thinly sliced

Sift together the dry ingredients. Make an opening in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg yolks, lemon juice, melted butter and the milk. Combine the ingredients only enough to mix. Fold in the banana. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Bake according to the directions supplied with your waffle maker. Serve warm with melted butter and maple syrup or honey.

Variation: PINEAPPLE WAFFLES

  • Follow the directions for "Banana Waffles", substituting 1/2 cup well-drained, crushed pineapple in place of the banana.