Peanut Butter Waffle with Cherry Jam

It’s Peanut Butter Waffle Time!

With a baseball bat!

Peanut Butter Waffle with Cherry Jam

Peanut Butter Waffle with Cherry Jam

A while back, I added this Proctor Silex Morning Baker waffle iron to my kitchen arsenal. My thought process went like this: I like pancakes, but I rarely make them because I suck at flipping pancakes. Why not make waffles instead?

It was a good plan. I like waffles too – maybe even more than pancakes. Still, I haven’t been making them as often as I’d like.

I’m running a half marathon this weekend, and thought that carb-loading made for a good excuse to whip up some waffles.

Enter: Peanut Butter Waffles from Isa’s Vegan Brunch cookbook. Recipe here.

This recipe makes a dense, tasty, peanut-buttery waffle that seemed much better suited for sandwich-style topping than plain ol’ maple syrup. To confirm, I’ve had them both ways: topped with jam, and topped with maple syrup. Jam for the win.

Honestly, one waffle is almost too much food for me. They’re pretty hearty. But they freeze well, so make a batch and freeze part of it for yummy future breakfasts – just pop the waffle in the toaster to reheat (or if you have a toaster oven, even better).

Chelsea Waffle with Cashew Cream from Vegan Brunch

Waffle Maker FTW!

Fat, fluffy, crispy, luscious wafflicious goodness.

Chelsea Waffle with Cashew Cream from Vegan Brunch

Chelsea Waffle with Cashew Cream

I’ve never made a waffle in my life. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I’ve made pancakes many times (I’m not very good at it), but never waffles. Considering how much I enjoy pancakes, and how rarely I make them due to the hassle and my lackluster flapjack flipping skills, it finally hit me that a waffle maker might just solve this dilemma.

I picked up this Proctor Silex Morning Baker Belgian waffle maker on Amazon. $26. Cheap. Good reviews. Sounds good to me!

LOVE it. Love it love it love it. The thing is foolproof. Perfect waffles on my first try, and virtually no clean-up. Now, THAT’S my kind of appliance!

My inaugural waffle recipe came from – guess who – my favorite vegan chef, Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I used the Old Fashioned Chelsea Waffles recipe from Vegan Brunch, with whole wheat flour and maple syrup instead of barley malt syrup.

Topped with Sweet Cashew Cream (also from Vegan Brunch) – oh, the joy of that sweet scent of vanilla wafting around these waffles….

The recipes were a win. The waffle maker was a win. I’ve got so much winning going on – just call me Charlie Sheen! Or not. That man has a few issues.