Lemon Waffles 3

When you work 9-5, there’s a certain kind of mood that settles over the office on a Friday. However much you like your job, there’s something about a weekend stretching ahead of you, full of promise, that can’t fail to brighten the afternoon.

Normally, at this time of the week (this time being 2.30pm on a Friday), I’m lurking on pinterest to get some inspiration for what we’re going to eat over the weekend.  This Friday is slightly different though as I’m staying in New York for the weekend so my plans mainly involve how to eat as much ice cream as possible in 48 hours.

And seeing as I’m not going to be anywhere near a kitchen any time soon, I thought I’d share some of my hypothetical weekend eating plans here instead…

Bluberries

If I was at home with an access to a freezer and a blender (which I don’t actually have but never mind), I’d be making Christina’s peach wine slushies come 5pm this evening.  On Friday, I often feel like something a bit celebratory for dinner but I’m usually so tired and/or hungry by the time I get home from work that I need something quick. This pasta with burst cherry tomatoes from the New York Times fits the bill perfectly – I had it one Friday a couple of weeks ago and it was one of those meals that’s on the table in 10 minutes but feels like it took way more effort than it did. These sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls might take a little longer but still fit that kind of easy but tasty vibe that I like to end the week with.

In an attempt to make our meals a bit more fancy, I made the red pepper and red onion salad with baked chicken from this month’s Olive magazine one Saturday night not long ago. The chicken is rubbed with ras el hanout before baking and the whole dish is brought together with a parsley/caper/orange dressing. It’s substantial without being too heavy which is what I’m always looking for in summer. I also tweeted a link to this buffalo mozzarella and pea salad to a friend the other day and then another friend made it and now I still haven’t but really want to.  This sweet pepper panzanella looks so good too.

My boyfriend has always been a bit of a taco-skeptic. I’m on a mission to get him to accept that there’s no finer food. I made these tacos with carnitas and these sweet potato and black bean tacos for some friends a couple of months ago and I’m pretty sure it was one of my finest culinary hours. I also want to try these flank steak tacos and these grilled sweet potato tacos and pretty much every other taco that I’ve pinned.

I often make a risotto on a Sunday night, using up whatever’s leftover from the weekend’s cooking. Normally it’s the usual, standing over the stove job but I’ve been converted recently to the ways of the oven-baked risotto. This version, with peas, leeks and bacon, is a good starting point.

And then, there are weekend breakfasts. Although, by the time we generally get round to eating breakfast at the weekend, it’s more like lunch. But that’s what the weekend’s for right?  We do tend to go more towards the sweet than the savoury with our breakfasts and I still maintain that a waffle iron was one of the best investments that we’ve ever made.

Happy weekend all.

Lemon Waffles 2

lemon, ricotta and chia seed waffles with blueberry sauce, for one {gluten free}

Serving Size: Serves 1 - 2 people

Depending on your appetite, these waffles with either serve one or two. I have eaten the whole plate myself but quite often, my boyfriend and I will split it. If you have any blueberry sauce left over, it's great swirled through plain yoghurt or as a topping for some vanilla ice cream. These are also a bit pesky in terms of getting stuck to your waffle maker (although this may be because I'm pretty sure my boyfriend put our waffle iron in the dishwasher). A healthy brush of melted butter or oil goes a long way though.

Ingredients

    For the waffles:
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined caster sugar or demerara sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 60g (1/2 cup) rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, cooled plus extra for the waffle iron
  • 1 heaped tablespoon ricotta
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • For the blueberry compote:
  • 150g (6 oz) blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • A squeeze of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. To make the blueberry sauce, gently heat the blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice in a small pan over a medium low heat until the blueberries start to break down and the sauce begins to thicken; around 10 minutes. Take off the heat and cool until ready to eat.
  2. To make the waffles, put the sugar and lemon zest in a bowl and rub them together with your fingers until fragrant. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and lightly whisk.
  3. In a bowl (or a mug), whisk together the egg yolk, milk, melted butter and ricotta and lightly whisk it into the dry ingredients until just combined. In a separate and very clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk (or by hand if you're feeling energetic) until stiff peaks form and fold these through the waffle batter, throwing in some chia seeds towards the end.
  4. Preheat your waffle iron per the manufacturer's instructions and cook the waffles as directed. If you're not eating immediately, put the waffles in a preheated oven to keep warm.

Notes

Fairly generously adapted from Food & Wine.

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29 Responses to "lemon, ricotta and chia seed waffles with blueberry sauce {gluten free}"
  1. cynthia says:

    These waffles! I can just imagine how delicious they are with that blueberry compote on top (!) and creamy ricotta inside. And I love the addition of chia seeds. Just perfect. I can’t wait for tomorrow, Kathryn!!

  2. Michelle says:

    <3 these waffles!!! Enjoy your weekend in NYC. So jealous, I love that city.

  3. Fab recipe, have got to invest in a waffle maker! My mother-in-law has a Cuisinart, which seems to be quite good. Which one do you use?

  4. Linda says:

    I feel a bit smug knowing I’m part of your weekend plans (along w/ the lovely Cynthia!), hehehe. Can’t wait for tomorrow! And I’m going to rack my brain for some excellent ice cream ideas. (Or better yet, we should crowdsource this!)

    And you always make the loveliest waffles! (Those chocolate coconut ones you posted in the past look like perfection) I’d have to make a double batch of these guys, because Chris would probably fight me for them, haha.

  5. haha, I feel you girl. I’m a 9-5er too and Fridays are often spent thinking about what I’m going to cook on the weekends!! I love these waffles. So yummy :)

  6. Kezia says:

    These waffles look fab! And thanks for pointing me in the direction of the sweet potato and black bean tacos – I love the sound of that combo and may have to try it soon. Btw, I made a version of your amazing buckwheat flour brownies on my blog today – they were quite honestly the best brownies I’ve ever had:) Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. That looks amazing! Such a luxurious breakfast :)

  8. Tieghan says:

    Ok, your food list is making me crazy. I want all of it. Seriously and then I need a double side of these waffles. Waffles, pancakes and really any breakfast food is my weakness. But these waffle, they just look so prefect!! :) And the chia seeds is so genius!

    Enjoy you weekend in New York and I hope you eat lots of ice cream!

  9. those are some seriously good looking waffles. wish i was waking up to a plate of them tomorrow morning!

  10. bethan says:

    I love waffles, but don’t have a waffle maker. Is there any way I can make these on a gridle pan?

    • kathryn says:

      Hi Bethan, apologies for the delay in replying. I don’t know if you can make them on a griddle pan but you could definitely make them as standard pancakes (which is what the original F&W recipe was for) and they should still be delicious!

  11. Kristie says:

    These look beautiful and fresh! And thank you for giving me so many meals ideas :)

  12. Alanna says:

    These waffles sound exquisite!

  13. I love Pinterest for inspiration for what to cook for dinner. Your waffles sound and look amazing. Hope you’re having a great trip in NYC!

  14. I just love waffles – these look fantastic! Again, can’t believe they are gluten free.

  15. Valeria says:

    I know that Friday PM feeling very well. Breakfast is possibly my favourite thing about the weekend, late and lazy…This looks fantastic – I MUST get myself a waffe iron!

  16. Sophia says:

    What a stunning list of ingredients – love blueberries with maple syrup on top of porridge so I bet the blueberry sauce is delicious. I still don’t have a waffle maker, maybe I should finally buy one, your recipes for waffles always sound so good!

  17. Thanks for all those great recipe links Kathryn! And to the waffles – they sound gorgeous as always and I just can’t wait for the next weekend – got to give them a shot and use the waffle iron again – one item that’s used far too less in this household! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your time in NY! :)

  18. These look wonderful! I love the addition of chia seeds. I have been wanting to incorporate them into my life more and this is a great idea!

  19. One of these days I really need to get myself a waffle maker! x

  20. Erin says:

    I love the idea of making risotto with leftovers…it’s something I’ve thought about before, but really have yet to make any kind of a habit of.
    Also these waffles are really making me want some. I haven’t had homemade waffles in so long!

  21. Never made an savoury waffle before and these look just amazing! I love the combination with the sweet sauce on the top :)

  22. Skye says:

    Kathryn! One of my favourite things to do is to plan hypothetical menus and meals. Love reading yours…
    Hope that you had a wonderful and ice cream filled weekend in New York! Xx

  23. Joanne says:

    Now this is my kind of breakfast! Sweet, but not too sweet. And full of berries!!

  24. allison says:

    I hear you loud and clear. In my old office job Fridays were a little different. Everyone kind of… got a little distracted. I used to TOTALLY go on pinterest and when the boss was coming, I’d flip open a spreadsheet lol. Anyways, I think we need to spend a weekend together one day eating, drinking, and laughing. It would be delicious and so much fun. Also, I hope you have a great time eating all the ice cream in NYC!!! Jealous.

  25. I always approve of a waffle post. Plus lemon + ricotta? Yep. Also, that risotto you linked to could definitely be a game-changer. I’ve never made risotto but it’s been on my to-do list for a while now. And from what I saw on instagram it looked like you had an amazing time in NYC and practically ate all of the things! Hopefully we can meet up there in the fall. :-) xoxo

  26. autumn says:

    I can’t get enough gluten-free waffle recipes, especially ones easy and delicious sounding as this! I hope you enjoyed NY!

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