Chad and Evan may not enjoy chocolate, but I made my own Valentine’s style breakfast using the new heart shaped waffle iron Chad gave me for Christmas: Euro Cuisine WM520 Eco Friendly Heart Shaped Waffle Maker. These Dark Chocolate Waffles are definitely on the decadent side, more cake or brownie-like in consistency. They were perfect topped with whipped cream, strawberry preserves, and cacao nibs.
I melted the bittersweet/dark chocolate to spread it throughout the batter. You can also finely chop it to create delicious little pockets of dark chocolate throughout the waffles.
If you want to serve all the waffles warm at once, preheat an oven to 250 degrees F and arrange the cooked waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet. Keep in the warm oven until all the batter is prepared.
Dark Chocolate Waffles
Adapted from Sweetsugarbean, from Bon Appetit February 2014
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, or melted and slightly cooled
Oil for brushing the waffle iron
Preheat the waffle iron to high heat.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Separate the eggs into yolks and whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Mix the egg yolks, buttermilk, olive oil, and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the stiff egg whites until just combined. Gently fold in the bittersweet chocolate.
Brush the heated waffle iron with oil. Add batter to the waffle iron, amount based on size of iron. Heat until cooked through and fluffy. Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining batter.
Serve immediately topped with whipped cream, strawberry preserves, cacao nibs, or your favorite toppings.