My attempt at Gingerbread houses in the past has been less than successful; maybe it’s because sometimes I’m just not patient enough to decorate things with such small detail, or maybe it’s because I end up with more of the “house decoration candy” in my belly instead of on the house itself. I love gingerbread flavors so much though, so this year I opted to skip the house construction/decoration all together, and make some gingerbread orange spiced waffles instead! It was an excellent choice.
You would laugh if you watched me through the entire blogging process. Usually on Sunday nights I’ll settle in on the couch with my laptop in front of me, the iPad beside me, and my phone propped up somewhere around there. My phone will be Chromecasting something to the TV, it’s been Portlandia the past week or so, I’ll be browsing the web on the iPad for recipe ideas, and then I’ll be taking notes and making my weekly plan on Evernote on my computer. It’s a circus.
Then when I’m ready to cook, I’ll make the recipe (destroying our kitchen in the meantime) and then set up my photography area. It’s usually a flurry of keeping the cats out of the way, carrying all my items from the kitchen to the office, adjusting and readjusting how everything looks, pulling the shades up and down and ever which way to get the light just right, and then finally clicking away, hoping I’ve gotten something I like!
The part that would get laughed at the most though is what happens after the shoot is done. I’ll usually be sitting cross-legged next to the plastic tote I use to place my food on and devouring whatever it is that I just made. It’s usually a little cold by this point, but when you’ve just spent the last 1-2 hours making and photographing food that all you want to do is gobble up, cold food is the last thing on your mind! For the most part I’m doing this at home by myself, so I’ve never thought of how goofy it must look. Kev was home yesterday though and caught me in the act with whipped cream and powdered sugar coating my face. Whatever – I don’t see anything changing anytime soon 😉
The intense gingerbread flavors in the waffles scream christmas trees and knitted stockings, and movies by the fire and spiced cider and everything else you associate with this time of year. If you have kids that are begging to make a gingerbread house this year, feed them these one morning and they’ll forget allll about anything but wanting another waffle.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter , melted
- 1 ¾ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup molasses
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until just combined. Pour batter into preheated waffle iron, and cook to your preferred doneness.
- To make whipped cream, put whipping cream, powdered sugar, orange zest, and vanilla into a stand mixer and beat on high until cream reaches stiff peaks. Serve on top of warm waffles along with maple syrup.