Winter is drawing to a close.
In some ways it just creeps away. The branches grow buds, the sun rises earlier and the frosts stop coming. How could we not notice? The lemon trees are browning, lunch breaks warming and birds are gathering twigs...... still we don't notice.... so it's time to create a relic. Time to create a 'surviving memorial of something past'. To savour the memories we have made in this season and welcome the next...
Spring is still 29 days away. That's just enough time to savour the goodness of the winter season. 29 days to enjoy the cold, dark nights in slippers while sipping soup and driving home in the dark. So this is my relic. My relic to savour the memories of banana bread, brandy's and coconuts...... What an awesome winter! I hope you enjoyed the warmth of the season as much as I did!
Anyway you're probably wondering why this post is so sentimental! Lets just say this recipe was inspired by the memories of winter.... lol!
If you haven't tried caramelized bananas, now is your time to fall in love! I first tried them when visiting one of my aunties in Australia. She grilled them in the oven with sugar so they formed almost a brulee topping... sooooo yum! Here, they are cooked in a brandy and maple syrup. This is so the bananas soak up the flavour and the rest of the syrup can be used to fill up the ruts of the waffles.... and run down the sides of course :P The touch of brandy is just enough for a hint of flavour, far from overpowering but definitely lurking. Just enough to give warmth to the maple. SO delicious!
The waffles are a memorial to banana bread breakfasts. For the last five or so years, banana bread has been one of those freezer staples. It is so easy to grab and toast before school or work, slather with peanut butter and honey and run out the door feeling satisfied. So of course, creating a banana bread waffle only made sense! The browned butter is glorious too. You don't have to brown the butter but it gives off such a delicious nutty & caramel flavour.... sooo recommended! The fluffiness of these waffles is also due to the use of buttermilk. You can use ordinary cow's milk if you don't have buttermilk (or you can make your own buttermilk!) but it definitely makes them lighter and more dreamy.
If you're not a fan of coconut, feel free to leave out these chips but I recommend giving them a shot. You may not find coconut chips at the supermarket but they are easily found in health stores or online. When toasted, you'll find them very crunchy and chip-like.... Beware, they are way too easy to eat on their own! :D :D Put them with tiny bacon pieces, delish.... Then a drizzle of brandy maple.... aaaaahhh!
I guess you kind of get it now. Enough of the yabba... Lets just make them! Make them for breakfast tomorrow..... perfect for weekend brunch! Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions. And send through a picture... That is, if they make it that far!
Enjoy your weekend & don't forget to relax....
(p.s. if you don't own a waffle maker you can always get one posted right to your door!)