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Juicy, sweet strawberries add the perfect summer touch to this breakfast classic.

Close-up of Belgian waffles with strawberries and powdered sugar

There’s nothing that feels more like summer than fresh berries on a relaxing Sunday morning. So for a special Father’s Day brunch, it sounded perfect to dress up our favorite Belgian waffles with strawberries and powdered sugar.

These Belgian waffles come from an Emeril recipe I love and have used for ages—though I halve the recipe for just the two of us.

I’ll also teach you the secret to making sure every bite is perfectly sweet. No sour berries on this plate!

Directions

Waffle recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2003

Prep Time: 10 min

Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time: 3 min

Level: Easy

Serves: 8 to 10 (4 by 4-inch) waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • Powdered sugar for topping

Instructions

For the strawberries:

Sweetening fruits involves a process called maceration, but it’s simpler than it sounds.

  1. Wash and dry your strawberries, then slice as desired and mix in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of sugar. 
  2. Let this mixture sit while you make the waffles. By the time you’re ready to serve, the sugar will have drawn the liquid out of your berries, leaving them sweet and coated in a delicious syrup.

For the waffles:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this aside for now. 

*Before the next step, make sure to separate your egg whites and yolks if you haven’t already*

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks and the other half of the sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and the eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk. Whisk to combine, then add in your flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Be careful not to over-mix!
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. This takes about a minute. Gently fold the egg whites into your waffle batter, being careful not to over-mix.
  3. Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour in enough batter to just cover the waffle grid. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cook until golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately with powdered sugar and delicious strawberries on top.

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