Gluten and Dairy Free Almond Waffles

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My nephew spent the week here with us, so that it would be too far for him to get to the church where my son and him were to do an in-town mission trip. I hardly saw them. They would leave at 7 with my husband and would come back at 8 pm.

This morning though, since they were not going to church they decided to stay home and enjoy the company of themselves playing video games and playing in the pool.

But this morning, as they woke up I realize that there was nothing left in the fridge for breakfast. No milk, No baguette in the freezer, No more cereals, so i decided to make waffles.

And since I too wanted to eat waffles but did not want to eat wheat, I decided to make almond ones.

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Ingredients for about 14 waffles:

  • 3 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk ( i used coconut milk since i had nothing else on hand)
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 box of fresh strawberry of about 16 oz. 
  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients.
  2. Turn the waffle iron on, and when the light turns off, open the waffle iron, spray a bit of olive oil, or brush a bit coconut oil on the waffle iron.
  3. Pour in about 1/4 cup of the batter and close the lid.
  4. Cook the waffle until the light turns off.
  5. Repeat the same process until you have used all the batter.
  6. While the waffles are cooking, slice the strawberries in cubes, mix in a bit of sugar and set aside until it is time to eat.
  7. When serving the waffles, spoon a bit of the fruit on top of the waffle, drizzle some honey and Breakfast is Ready. Easy and Healthy!!!

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!


Creme Brulee French Toast

On week-ends, I will indulge with yummy French bread and croissants. And of course I did just that this past week-end. Unfortunately I was so busy that I did not have time to have breakfast on Sunday so there was a lot of bread leftover by Monday. I don’t like to waste food, so I decided to use this bread for a yummy breakfast casserole that I knew my Theodor would eat;-).

This recipe was presented to me by one of my customer, but I tweaked it a bit.

You may use french bread, or brioche, or even challah, but white bread loaf works the best. It is not too soft, and not to hard so it absorbs the egg mixture really well.

Ingredients for 4:

4 slices of white bread  cut in 1 inch thickness ( which crust has been removed)

  • 2/3 stick of butter
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of corn syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of orange extract/ or brandy-flavored based orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/8 tsp of salt

First you will want to make the caramel. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir until the sugar is dissolving and the mixture is bubbling.

Pour this mixture into the large mold.

Lay the bread over the caramel, and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, the half and half, the vanilla extract, the orange extract, the salt. Pour this mixture over the bread, and place this mold into the fridge to rest for several hours, at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 and when the oven has reached the temperature, place the mold and cook the casserole for 20-25 minutes  or until it is fluffy and a little brown.

After taking it out of the oven, let it rest a while so that it will not be so hot. Serve the French toast on individual plates Add a few fresh fruit on top of the French toast, and drizzle some of the caramel off the casserole. Et voila!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Easy Breakfast: Belgium Waffle

My children had friends over last night, and though we have always plenty to eat for breakfast with me being French and my husband being German. We have a large array of things to choose from cold cuts, to scrambled eggs to croissants, it is always difficult to know what those kids will eat. Pancakes or waffles are usually well received by most children so I thought I would fix some waffles for breakfast. This recipe is the one that comes with my Belgium Waffle Maker:

Ingredients for about 12 waffles:

  • 2 cups of flour,
  • 2 cups of milk ( I used skim milk),
  • 1/3 cup of sugar,
  • 2 tsp of baking powder,
  • 2 eggs separated,
  • 1/2 tsp of salt,
  • 1 tbsp of butter melted,
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.
  1. Turn the waffle maker on.
  2. In a bowl,  sift the flour and the baking powder. Add the sugar, the milk, vanilla and the egg yolks and mix well.
  3. In another bowl, place the 2 egg whites and the salt and beat well until the egg whites make soft peaks.
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the egg batter until it is well incorporated.
  5. When the light of the waffle maker goes off, start making the waffles.
  6. First melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds until it is completely melted.
  7. With a pastry brush, brush the waffle grids. Empty 1/4 cup of batter on each waffle grid.
  8. Bake the waffles for 90 seconds or more ( depending on the way you eat your waffles). Open the waffle maker and with a plastic spatula, lift the waffles and place them on  a plate to serve.
  9. Sprinkle some sugar.

To eat, children can sprinkle  powder sugar, spread Nutella chocolate butter, drizzle maple syrup or add some whipped cream. Et voila!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Orange Flower Flavored Pancake Souffle

My child Theo came home with a friend last night. So this meant that this morning instead of letting him search for his own breakfast I had to fix something. The problem was that I had to be somewhere around the times those boys were going to get up. I wanted to fix them pancakes or waffles but those need to be prepared on the spot as they are best eaten warm. I did not want to just get them bagels… too boring… So what else was I to do?

I had seen a recipe of a pancake souffle muffin in a Fine Cooking magazine and I thought this was a great idea for today. So I followed the recipe…. Isn’t it so funny that when you are following a recipe, it never ever turn out like it does in the magazine, or taste like what you expected it. Their recipe was a bit boring and flavorless… The boys ate those anyway… but not satisfied with theirs, I had to twik that recipe to make it taste right. And here it is…

Ingredients for 18 muffins:

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour,
  • 3/4 cup of cake flour,
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda,
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder,
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt,
  • 3 eggs separated,
  • 3 tbsp of melted butter,
  • 1/2 cup of sugar,
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract,
  • 2 tbsp of orange flower extract,
  • 2 cups of buttermilk.

Ingredients for the fruit salad:

  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries diced,
  • 1 cup of raspberries,
  • 1/3 cup of sugar.

Materials: Demarle bowls, spatulas, whip, big muffin tray, deep heart tray.

  1. Turn your oven to 375. In the bowl of your electronic mixer, place the egg whites and beat them until they start making peaks. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, place your egg yolks with the sugar and beat until they become thicker and a light color of yellow.
  3. Add the melted butter, the vanilla, the orange flower extract and mix well.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flours, the baking soda and the baking powder together.
  5. And slowly add the flour blend mixture to the egg mixture only 1/2 cup at a time. Mix well.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of buttermilk and beat well. Continue this process until all the flour and all the buttermilk has been added.
  7. Then start adding the egg whites carefully into the batter, but be careful not to “deflate” them. It is okay if you still see a little bit of the egg white in the batter.
  8. Fill up each muffin tray to 3/4.
  9. And bake for 12-15 minutes. They should be a light golden color.

To serve, place on your guest plate one muffin souffle or more, and spoon the fruit mixture over it. You may also add some whipped cream or vanilla creme fraiche.

Recipe of Vanilla Creme Fraiche: Creme Fraiche is actually French. It is very difficult to find it here in the USA, but if you do, it is very expensive. So If you really want creme fraiche, why not make it yourself. It is so easy… Mix 2 tbsp of buttermilk in 2 cups of heavy cream and let it stand at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours until the cream is becoming thicker. When it has gotten thick enough, cover it and place it in the refrigerator. It will stay good for 7 to 10 days.

In order to make Vanilla Creme fraiche, stir 4 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of vanilla extract in the creme fraiche, et Voila.

To eat the Pancake souffle, spoon the fruits over the souffle and add a bit creme fraiche.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!