Valentines day breakfast idea – almond waffles with maple roasted apricots.
One of my favourite things to do in Paris is to visit the food markets. After breakfast I like to wander down and slowly browse, buying whatever I feel like for lunch. So, a bit of cheese, bread, sauccison sec, nuts, more cheese and (I’m quite careful how I time my trips, to make sure they’re in season) apricots. Lots of apricots.
In fact, I’ve even gone for long walks through the French countryside, only to enjoy collapsing in the sunshine at the end with nothing but a bag of almonds, a kilo of apricots and a book. And I’d do it again.
There is something really quite special about apricots. I think it is the way that they’re sweet, so you can eat them on their own (like dozens at a time), but also have the flavour that carries through when you use them for cooking. And dried too – they taste more like the original fruit than almost anything else. And for some reason we don’t use them nearly enough in the UK. Don’t know why.
When Expedia asked me to come up with a French inspired Valentines day recipe as part of their #expediaworldonaplate challenge, my first thought was it would have to involve apricots. Apricots and almonds, particularly waffles made with almond flour. So – what was I going to do?
Ah yes, mix them together, in the perfect, indulgent breakfast. Thus, these almond waffles topped with maple roasted apricots were born. Can I tempt you?
Please do share any French inspired meals you make with Expedia and myself using the hastag #expediaworldonaplate. Better still book yourself a holiday via Expedia and send in some romantic food snaps from your travels, so that I can drool with you.
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Almond Waffles with Maple Roasted Apricots
- 450 ml (1.9 cups) almond milk
- 125 g (4.4oz) unsalted butter melted
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 250 g (10.5oz) self-raising flour
- 50 g ground almonds
For the maple roasted apricots
- 8 apricots halved and stoned
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Whipped cream
- Maple syrup
- To make the maple roasted apricots preheat oven to fan-assisted 180C / 200C / 400F / gas 6.
- Mix the apricot halves, the maple syrup and vanilla, transfer the mixture to an oven tray and roast for about 15 mins until the apricots are tender and starting to char on the sides.
- Remove from the oven and set aside
- Make the waffles by whisking together milk, butter and eggs and set aside.
- Mix flours in a large bowl and make a hole in the centre.
- Slowly whisk the milk mixture into the flour to make a batter and don't worry if there are some lumps.
- Cook the waffles according to your wafflemaker instructions.
- Repeat until all the mixture is finished.
- Serve topped with some cream, the roasted maple apricots and extra maple syrup.