So let’s get personal.
All my life I never had anything I really wanted to do. I was never that into sports, I was average in academics, and I never really had the desire to DO anything. When people asked me what my hobbies were I’d say hanging out with my friends, sitting on my butt doing absolutely nothing, and eating. I always attended an art school and was into acting for a while, but I never felt like I belonged because I didn’t think I had a real knack for art.
Now that I look back I see all the signs that led me here. This place in my life where I love doing something so much. How much I appreciated my mom for letting me eat cake for dinner all those night, for my step mom owning her own cake business and tasting some of the BEST cakes I’ve ever had in my life that I will never forget, and for the not so great series of events that led me to discover my passion for cooking and baking.
Now I think of myself as an artist, free to take the ideas in my head, create them, and satisfyingly enjoy them. I want to learn everything, try anything, and be inspired by it all. For example: my favorite cake that is perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast.
I took that indulgent cake we all know and love and made it less rich and perfect for breakfast. It’s chocolatey, light, moist, fluffy yet slightly chewy. Maple cream cheese glaze and chocolate chips complete these waffles making it hard to stop eating after just one. These are perfect for a patriotic fourth of July breakfast, Valentines day, any occasion, or no occasion. I couldn’t help but eat them for dinner.
Red Velvet Waffles:
1 fl oz red food coloring
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
Start heating up your waffle iron to medium-high heat. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and whisk them to combine. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, and food coloring until combined. Whisk in the dry ingredients to the wet ones until combined (the batter will have little lumps in it, you want that!) Pour 1/2 cup batter in the center of the iron and close. Cook until the waffles are crispy and cooked through (about 8-10 minutes, check when steam stops coming out of the waffle iron). Carefully remove the waffle, drizzle with maple cream cheese (recipe below) and chocolate chips. serve immediately. Enjoy!
Maple Cream Cheese Glaze:
Adapted from Willow Bird Baking
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2-3 tablespoons milk, or more for thinning
Beat all the ingredients together until it forms a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over waffles and top them with chocolate chips.