By Erica H.
My very good sleeper of a baby has been a rather less good sleeper of a baby lately, prompting me to look for a little extra pep in the mornings. The easiest solution is probably "extra cup of coffee," but that involves neither chocolate chips nor maple syrup, so I reject your easiest solution and counter with Chocolate Coffee Waffles.
I mean, what's not to like? Waffle iron? Goooood. French press? Goooood. (Thirteen-year-old Friends references? FINE BY ME!)
I know the coffee is the hook here, but it's really only there to enhance the chocolate. Ina Garten is always saying that coffee makes chocolate more chocolatey, just like she's always saying "How easy is that?" and "Make sure to use GOOD VANILLA" with the battle-weary conviction of someone who has seen too many dinner parties brought down by INFERIOR VANILLA.
Chocolate Coffee Waffles (inspired by this recipe at My Little Celebration)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1.5 cups buttermilk, or milk with a squeeze of lemon juice
- 4 Tbsp. espresso or strong coffee
- 1 tsp. GOOD VANILLA
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Pre-heat waffle iron. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in the other. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until combined. If mixture is too thick, add a little more buttermilk at a time until it's pourable. Mix in chocolate chips.
Ladle an appropriate amount of batter for your waffle maker (mine ended up being about 1/2 cup per waffle) and cook through until you can easily pry it off of the iron with a fork.