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Yeasted Waffles with Berries and Cocoa Sugar (Plus a Virtual Baby Shower!)

Yeasted Waffles

Melissa and I have never met in person but like many of my other ‘blogger friends’ she feels like a real life friend. We’re emailed about babies and motherhood and nursery decor. We share a love of gray and yellow, and we’re both really into waffles.

Since Melissa is about to embark on this crazy wild adventure of motherhood, I thought I’d toast her with some waffles, and a few tips for surviving the first few months.

Yeasted Waffles with Berries and Cocoa Sugar

1. Remember that every challenge is fleeting. No matter how hard your day might feel like on any given day, remind yourself that it will all pass.
2. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. When I first had Neko, I tried really hard to still be the same person I was before I had her. I had these grand visions of working on my portfolio, getting ahead on Pairings Box recipes, freelance writing, etc. I managed to do a lot, but I put an insane amount of pressure on myself! In the early days, don’t worry about responding to every email, tweet, client, etc. Let it go and tell yourself you’re going to do your best.
3. Don’t expect it to all go according to plan. And know that no matter what decisions you make, they are the right ones for you and your baby. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
4. Parent from the gut. Related to #3. People are going to give you all sorts of good-intentioned advice. Ignore most of it, unless your gut tells you it feels right for you and your family.
5. Eat plenty of waffles. When Neko was first born, she slept a lot. I still kick myself for not enjoying those hours when she would literally fall asleep in or on anything. Take this quiet time to sit down to some delicious waffles, a book, your iPad, and allow yourself to enjoy this brief little bubble.

Melissa, I am so excited for you. Your little girl will melt your heart, I guarantee it. Congratulations, friend!

Yeasted Waffles with Berries and Cocoa Sugar
adapted from Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen

2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/4 ounce package of active dry yeast
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons of kosher salt

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar
assorted berries

1. Add the milk to a small sauce pot and heat over low heat until it reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit (about 5 minutes). Remove the pot from the heat and transfer milk to a small bowl. Stir in the sugar and yeast and set aside until the mixture begins to bubble.
2. Add the flour to a large bowl. Add in the milk mixture, butter and vanilla, whisking to combine.
3. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 8-24 hours.
4. In the morning (or whenever you’re ready to make the waffles), remove the batter from the fridge and whisk in the eggs and salt. Let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes while you preheat a waffle iron.
5. Brush your waffle iron with oil and heat it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour about 1/3 cup – 1/2 cup of batter into your iron (the amount you pour in will depend on your iron; you want to make sure you leave an inch or so border around to allow the batter to spread).
6. Close the waffle iron and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the top of the waffle iron lifts easily and the waffles are crisp and golden brown on the outside. I usually place cooked waffles onto a baking sheet, then place it in a warm oven while I make the rest.
8. When ready to serve, divide waffles among bowls. Sift together the cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar, lightly dusting the waffles. Top with berries.

More Waffles Around the Web

It’s a waffle-fest! I wish this shower wasn’t virtual because every one of those waffles would be in my belly!

Whole Wheat Chive Waffle with Poached Egg from Sonja and Alex of A Couple Cooks
Almond Chia Seed Waffles from Nicole of Eat this Poem
Banana Nut Waffles from Kathryne of Cookie and Kate
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles from Alison of This Homemade Life
Vanilla Vegan/Gluten Free Waffle Ice Cream Sammies from Laura of The First Mess
Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich from Heidi of Foodie Crush
Whole Grain Vegan Flax Waffles from Jeanine of Love and Lemons
Waffles with fig compote and orange-honey crème fraîche from Sarah of The Vanilla Bean Blog
Spelt Waffles with Cinnamon Peaches from Naturally Ella

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • You ladies are so wonderful to throw this baby shower for Melissa and all these waffles are making me absolutely starving!

  • Kasey, you are one of a kind. Thank you for this—for the tips and a new waffle recipe to try (!!!). I can’t tell you how much you’ve helped me these last couple months, from knowing what to register for to what to do when she actually comes out. Seriously, you’ve been my life line through this. I still have old emails pulled up. And your authenticity about becoming a parent—in all it’s joys and trials—has prepped me more than you’ll ever know. Thanks for being you. Thankful this blogging world brought us together. I count myself lucky. So much love! xoxoxo

  • Oh you are so sweet. We are all just thrilled for you! So many friends were incredibly thoughtful and helpful when I was pregnant. I was so touched by it all and I knew I wanted to pass on every bit of wisdom they shared with me to someone else who’s starting on this journey anew. You are going to be such an amazing mama. It’s true, parenting is a whole new ballgame, but such a rewarding one. I count myself lucky to know YOU, lady! xo

  • Thank you, Kathryn! She’s one special girl and I’m so happy for her to start this journey! x

  • Such thoughtful friends you all are — loving all the waffles floating all over the place. Delish 🙂

  • Katie@Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

    All great advice…for every stage of parenting. And yes, plenty of waffles.

  • Heather Christo

    Great Advice all around! (and beautiful waffles…)

  • I get a kick out of reading advice for new mothers, especially when it involves ignoring others’ advice and listening to your intuition. My close friend here in KC just had a baby, and it’s so fun to see her in this new role. Tell Neko hi for me!

  • Laura

    I loved your five-fold tip, Kasey–especially the “ignore most of it” part relating to parenting advice. It can be so stress-y for new moms! I’ve seen my friends go crazy trying to process all of the conflicting information. Intuition rules-with the little babes, waffles and everything else good in life. Also, cocoa sugar! Want that. xo

  • I love this post, Kasey. And, yes, I do hope we get to eat waffles together one day (soon!). xo

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