Waffles are known as a more indulgent meal and this version is no different, nurturing sweet waffle memories in a totally Mind Food way. These are Belgium-style waffles that are crisp,fluffy and slightly smaller than their American equivalents. This particular batter is fermented so start the preparation the day before you want to have them and consider preparing a double batch of the pre-ferment to use in other recipes or to make more waffles through the week.

Wild Raspberry Waffles with Hemp Yogurt and Candied Seeds [Vegan]

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Serves

4

Ingredients

For the Waffles:

  • 140g (5oz) buckwheat flour
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) plant-based milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • 20g (3/4 oz) plant-based butter or coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 30g (scant 1/3 cup) almond flour

For the Candied Seeds:

  • 50g (1/3 cup) pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Wild Raspberry Relish:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2.5cm (1in) piece of fresh ginger, chopped into thin matchsticks
  • 200g (1 1/3 cups) frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon

For the Rose Syrup:

  • 200ml (6 3/4 fl oz) agave
  • 1 teaspoon rose water

To Serve:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut yogurt

Preparation

For the Prep:

  1. Pre-ferment 50g (1 3/4 oz) of the buckwheat flour with 50ml (scant 1/4 cup) of water by mixing them together, ensuring there are no lumps.
  2. Decant the mixture into a glass jar and leave the jar lightly covered at room temperature for 24 hours to ferment. During this time, prepare your toppings ready for the moment of truth.

For the Candied Seeds:

  1. To make the candied seeds, place a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add the seeds to the pan and toast them until they start to pop and then add some olive oil, followed by the maple syrup. The maple syrup will lightly caramelize over the seeds and any liquid will evaporate. Turn off the heat at this point and add a pinch of salt. Set the pumpkin seeds aside to cool and then place them in a jar until you are ready to use them.

For the Raspberry Relish:

  1. To make the wild raspberry relish, first heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over a medium heat until warm. Add the ginger, lightly frying it to release the aroma. Add the raspberries and honey and cook the mixture down until it resembles jam. At this point, turn off the heat and add a few gratings of lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice, roughly 1 tablespoon of each.
  2. Leave to cool and place the jam in a jar and leave in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

For the Rose Syrup:

  1. To make the rose syrup, mix the honey or agave with the rose water and store in a small jar until ready to use.

For the Waffles:

  1. The next day, combine the Hemp Milk and brown rice vinegar and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter or coconut oil and once they are melted, add them to a heatproof bowl with the hemp milk mixture, the fermented buckwheat and the maple syrup.
  3. Sieve the salt, baking powder and almond flour into the same bowl and stir everything together thoroughly. The waffle batter at this point should be the consistency of regular pancake batter, which is nicely pourable like double (heavy) cream. Leave the batter to rest for 5–10 minutes before cooking.
  4. Heat the waffle iron until smoking hot and once it is heated, paint the griddles with a little extra coconut oil.
  5. Ladle the batter into each iron and cook for 6 minutes until the outsides are crispy. Timings might vary depending on your machine, but when you see that the steam stops coming from the edges, you will know that they are ready.
  6. Carefully open the iron and remove the waffles, which should crisp more as soon as they are removed from the waffle iron. Place them on serving plates to crisp while you gather together the fillings. Top with the wild raspberry relish, candied seeds, rose water syrup and Hemp Yoghurt to serve.

Tip:

  1. If you don’t have a waffle iron, you can make this into pancakes with exactly the same base recipe.


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