last night i was part of my first stag & doe for one of my best friends getting married this spring. it was so nice to be back home with everyone & feel those small town vibes again. oh how i miss those living in a big city! i stayed up the latest i have in a long time (grandma marce), ate more pizza then i ever knew i was capable of eating & ran a darts game that became more & more competitive as the night went on. now after ALL that, i think a big brunch is in order! so i bring you these vanilla earl grey waffles, sweetened with honey & made with stash tea’s loose leaf tea. these just might be the best waffles to date. they turned out so crispy on the outside & fluffy on the inside! it is important to set the waffle iron to high heat, i think that really helps to achieve a crispy exterior. since earl grey tea is a strong flavoured tea with a very distinctive taste, the flavours really came through. i decided to drizzle the waffles with honey instead of syrup because tea + honey just belongs together.
(makes 6-8 waffles)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey (i used bee local)
- 1 tablespoon loose leaf vanilla earl grey (i used stash tea)
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour, sifted
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar
- 1 egg, separated
- in a sauce pot on low heat add the butter, milk, vanilla, honey & tea leaves. simmer on low heat for 5 minutes (or longer if you want a stronger earl grey flavour to come through). strain & let cool to room temperature.
- in a mixing bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt & sugar. add egg yolk followed by the earl grey mixture. stir until combined leaving the batter a bit lumpy.
- beat egg white to a medium peak & gently fold into the batter.
- heat waffle iron to high & cook until golden.
- serve with powdered sugar, honey, whipped cream & tea!