Comfort food is what I am craving these days that are mostly grey and rainy … cause food can be so much more than just nutrition: it’s not only the contemplating effect during the process of preparing, food can revive your senses, bring your soul back into balance!
Too pathetic? Look at these waffles for example! They stop your collywobbles, ok, but they do so much more!
First of all I think they feed your eyes – and then the smell reaches your nose, the smell of marzipan, a hint of warm star anise flavour … heralds of christmas season.
And then a crispy and fluffy piece of waffle reaches your mouth, together with juicy and soft sour cherries. Nutty and slightly bitter flavours melt with the sweet-sour taste fo the cherries … pure sensuality!
These waffles make a great extended sunday breakfast or afternoon snack. Let the outside world outside, make yourself comfortable and enjoy yourself!
Poppy seed marzipan waffles (2-3 Belgian double-waffles)
150 ml milk, 60 g butter, 80 g marzipan, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 heaped tablespoons poppy seeds, 120 g flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 eggs
1 jar preserved sour cherries (350 g drained weight), 150 ml juice, 1 small star anise, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon starch
Pour milk into a medium saucepan, add butter (in cubes) and melt over medium heat. When the butter has dissolved add flakes of marzipan and sugar and dissolve as well. Finally add poppy seeds. Set aside for about 10 minutes to soak. Now add flour, baking powder and eggs and let soak for another 10 minutes.
Meanwhile drain sour cherries, but keep the juice. Measure 150 ml and heat juice, cherries together with star anise and sugar in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat cook for abot 10 minutes. Separately mix starch with another 2-3 tablespoons of juice. Quickly stir into the cooking cherries until the sauce has reached your preferred thickness. Season to your taste with some more sugar.
Now you can start baking the batter into beautiful waffles, about 6 tablespoons for 1 Belgian square double-waffle, each one for about 5 minutes.
Dust waffles with icing sugar and serve together with warm sour cherries and optionally some additional whipped cream or ice cream.