Monday, January 13, 2014

Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream

Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream
It was about time I got more use out of our waffle maker! I had leftover buttermilk and cream from last week's epic baking efforts, so the only thing I bought was a bunch of fresh mint and I had all the making of waffles with homemade, no-churn ice cream. I shared Lisa's awesome no-churn ice cream recipe with you not too long ago. It really is a time-saver, so long as you're not averse to the slight tint of flavour from the sweetened condensed milk.
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream
I based the waffle recipe on a plain buttermilk recipe, replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder. However I did find them a little too salty and not quite sweet enough because of the addition of cocoa so I've adjusted the amounts in the recipe below to fix that. You definitely still need to serve it with something sweet and light like the mint ice cream. The buttermilk does it's job of keeping the waffles wonderfully fluffy and soft while still crisp on the outside thanks to the wonders of wafflemakers.
No-Churn Fresh Mint Ice Cream
I know a lot of people commented on the last no-churn ice cream recipe about the strong condensed milk flavour in the ice cream. Unfortunately that's the cost of using a no-churn recipe that still stays as smooth as a normal ice cream, but I did try to tone down the strength of the condensed milk flavour by infusing the condensed milk with fresh mint leaves in this recipe. I've always wanted to try making fresh mint ice cream. As much as I love mint flavouring, I really did enjoy the subtle flavour of fresh mint in this ice cream. Of course there's nothing stopping you from using peppermint extract/essence instead, or creme de menthe if you want to get some green colour into the ice cream as well.
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream
I made the ice cream so quickly on Friday evening after work that I totally forgot to take any progress shots and didn't even save a single leaf of fresh mint for the photos. So you'll just have to take my word for it that the ice cream is well-infused with the flavour. I was a little worried that the condensed milk would overpower the light flavour of the mint leaves especially while tasting the warm mixture, but after freezing it overnight I found the flavour was just the right amount of mint for me. You don't want it to be too strong as it's quite herby, if you know what I mean. If you like it strong you could always blend up the leaves into the mixture rather than straining them out.
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream
I served my waffles with a drizzled of warm melted chocolate mixed with a tiny bit of cream, you could also make chocolate awesomesauce or plain melted chocolate. I was tempted to mix chocolate through the ice cream itself to make my favourite mint chocolate chip flavour, but instead I topped the whole thing off with some cocoa nibs instead. It added a nice bite with a bit of nuttiness to the whole thing. I don't know why I'm tagging this under the breakfast tag as this is strictly a dessert kinda waffle, but out of habit I feel the need to categorise anything waffle-related under breakfast. Okay I'm rambling now, see ya next week!
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with No-Churn Fresh Mint Ice Cream
(waffle recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, ice cream recipe adapted from spicyicecream)
For the ice cream:
1 large bunch of mint, about 70g, chopped
1 can (395g) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cream (pure/pouring cream (or heavy cream in the US, min 35% fat unthickened))

Place chopped mint and sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan on low heat and stir regularly. Do not allow to come to the boil. Stir over heat to allow mint to infuse, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely and then chill for about an hour.

Place cream in a large mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer on high until it reaches soft peaks (take care not to overmix). Gently fold in condensed milk mixture until combined and then pour mixture into a large loaf tin (about 1.5L capacity). I find it easier to use a whisk to combine them, to avoid pockets of condensed milk mixture remaining unmixed. Freeze overnight. Best eaten within 1 week.
No-Churn Fresh Mint Ice Cream
For the waffles:
(makes about 8 regular waffles or 5 large Belgian style waffles)
1 & 1/4 cups (about 175g) plain/all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking (bicarb) soda
1/4  teaspoon salt
1 & 3/4 cups buttermilk at room temperature
115g (½ cup) butter, melted and cooled to room tempeature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional: chocolate sauce and cocoa nibs or chocolate chips to serve

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently whisk to combine. Do not overmix.

Spray a waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or brush with melted butter, then preheat. Once the waffle maker is ready, add the batter according to the manufacturer's instructions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the waffle maker indicates they are ready. Serve immediately, or place in oven to keep warm. Leftover waffles can be wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in a ziploc bag and stored in the refrigerator for 2 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce and nibs.
Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Mint Ice Cream
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19 comments:

  1. I'd happily have this any time of the day! I've only got the waffle makers that make 5 love hearts to form a circle (like the ones at cabra) and the dimples are no where near as deep as your waffle iron so i hope when i try this recipe it works!

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  2. wow!!! yummyyyy

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  3. Mint ice cream and warm brownies is one of my favorite combinations....but a waffle with mint ice cream may be even better!

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  4. Wow this looks really great.
    A few days ago I became aware of your site and I have to say your blog is really amazing and totally inspiring!

    Greetings from Germany!
    strawberryred

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  5. Good morning! that looks delicious!
    Kiss*

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  6. I've seen so many great waffle recipes around recently, including this one, that make me desperate to have a waffle maker! The fresh mint ice cream looks delicious too - I love condensed milk so the flavour coming through shouldn't be an issue for me!

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  7. Definitely breakfast territory! Breakfast dessert maybe, but I'm with you about waffles being a brekky item :)

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  8. This is soooo delicious! I just need a waffle maker! :)

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  9. What a gorgeous idea! Makes me crave for something sweet right now!
    xx

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  10. oh. these look ah-may-zing!! :-) now I just need to get a waffle maker. Yum!

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  11. Gorgeous
    Delectable
    presentation! WOW.

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  12. hello I make icecream with condensed milk and cream, but put a tin full of normal milk in it too, to just take the edge off the sweetness of the condensed milk. Any flavourings help too. must try the mint leaves though, it sounds fabulous!

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  13. This looks delicious and tasty. I'll cook on summer!

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  14. I love making waffles with my daughter in her heart waffle maker, I will have to book mark this recipe! Yum!

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  15. Oh, I've been wanting to buy a waffle maker for ages, like I really need another appliance....NOT. You're tempting me with these chocolate waffles though!

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