So I may or may not be a massive Stranger Things fan and I’d be remiss not to include a recipe in honor of it here. What better way to celebrate than with waffles & strawberry syrup with whipped cream? It’s the favorite dish of my favorite character, Eleven! (Awesome girls of the world UNITE)
So while this recipe might be a little more complicated than the kids of Hawkins can handle (let’s save the frozen waffles for them), this is an awesome accompaniment to the Season 2 premiere on Oct. 27!
Seriously, I am counting down the days.
And the awesome thing about this post is that the waffle itself is very versatile and perfect for parties.
Because what every Stranger Things party needs is a waffle bar!
So start with the waffle recipe, make the strawberry syrup and whipped cream, then get creative! There’s also a blueberry lavender syrup that I put on everything, bananas foster sauce, assorted fruit like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, good ol’ maple syrup and things like honey, yogurt, ice cream (yes!), chocolate syrup or caramel and some extra fun toppings like nuts, chocolate chips, marshmallows and sprinkles!
Let everyone top their waffle as they wish for a pretty hands-off and fun experience!
I know the ingredient list seems long, and at a glance it might seem really involved, but I promise it goes faster than you think and the outcome is completely worth it!
Start the strawberry syrup simmering (say that five times fast) while you mix the waffle batter and then whip up the whipped cream at the very end – it takes less than 5 minutes.
Speaking of whipped cream, did you know that the narrower the container you mix it in, the faster it will come together? If you’ve made whipped cream before and found that it took forever, try using a mason jar, quart sized takeout soup container, large wide-mouthed cup, or really anything that is tall and just fits your immersion blender or hand mixer.
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Waffles & Strawberry Syrup – a Stranger Things Recipe
Sarah | Away From the Box
Yields 4 Waffles
Fluffy Belgian waffles & strawberry syrup, with a heaping spoonful of homemade whipped cream! Great for breakfast in bed on special days, or we have suggestions for an awesome waffle bar to celebrate the return of Stranger Things!
15 minPrep Time
1 hr, 10 Cook Time
1 hr, 25 Total Time
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the strawberries, orange juice, sugar and vanilla extract.
- Simmer uncovered for 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until much of the liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat your waffle iron and gently oil the plates with oil and a paper towel.
- While the strawberries are simmering, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- In a separate medium bowl, whip the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, whisk together the yolks and buttermilk. Gently pour in the melted butter while whisking.
- Fold the buttermilk mixture in with the egg whites, then fold in the club soda as well.
- Gently combine the wet mixture with the dry until mixed. There should still be lumps.
- Fill the waffle iron with about 1/2 c. of the batter and cook according to manufacturer directions, typically 5-10 minutes and flipping at least once or twice. When it stops steaming, it's usually a good indicator that the waffles are done. Adjust amount of batter as needed, according to the size of your waffle iron and preferred waffle size.
- Pour the heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar in a tall, cylindrical container that fits your immersion blender or hand mixer (or use a stand mixer). Large mouth mason jars, cups, and soup takeout containers work well for this.
- Mix on high speed until it rises and thickens, to the consistency you prefer, usually about 1 or 2 minutes. Be warned: if you mix it too much it will turn into butter.
- Serve waffles warm, topped with the strawberry syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.
The total time is a wide estimate - if the strawberry sauce is cooking while the waffles are in the iron, then 40 minutes (5-10 per waffle) of total cook time is more realistic.
Keep the cooked waffles in a 200°F oven to keep them warm until serving.
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