Monday, January 18, 2010

So waffle-y good.

I should have mentioned that the pancake recipe is thick enough to be used as waffle batter.

When I decided I should share that with you it reminded me that I recently found a video recipe for making brownies in a waffle iron. Being such the cake rebel that I am, I had to try it. But, is a brownie considered a cake? I wasn't sure. So what could I do but (say it with me now) GOOGLE IT! It's much like the tomato conundrum. Fruit vs. Vegetable. All I'm saying is I'm going to be mad if someone tries to serve me tomatoes in my cereal. You know? I'll admit, from my short stint of internet research there is much debate and it leans towards the "bar cookie" family. But I implore you to keep an open mind. I found several holes in the different arguments. For your consideration: #1) Supposedly all cookies actually belong in the cake family anyway. #2) It's believed that the brownie was invented when a woman accidentally forgot to add the baking powder in the chocolate cake recipe and served it anyway in flat bar slices. And most convincing #3) Wikipedia, the foremost reliable source of all information (*sarcasm), clearly defines it as a cake. You must research these things for yourself and come to your own conclusions about what you personally believe a brownie to be. (Click through the links to read up on the information I found.) I welcome your feedback. Based on my belief and maternal instinct that we are dealing with cake I present to you:

The Waffle Brownie aka "the Waffnie" or "Browffle" ... you decide!

For This recipe You'll need:

Waffle Iron
Sauce Pan
at least 3 more people to eat the other pieces

1/2 c butter
6 oz bittersweet chocolate
2 eggs
3/4 c sugar
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp instant coffee grounds OR 2 tbsp brewed coffee
1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

In sauce pan, melt butter and chocolate over medium low heat stirring until evenly melted.
Remove from heat, set aside until mixture comes to a warm room temperature.
In a medium bowl add eggs, sugar, water, and coffee. Beat until combined.
Mix in the cooled chocolate and butter.
Then add flour and salt. Mix until all white streaks have disappeared.

preheat iron and liberally apply non-stick cooking spray each time.

spoon onto iron
cook 3-4 min
remove w/ fork
top as desired

Makes 4 brownies.

I went wild and crazy with mine and tried Ice cream with caramel and chocolate sauce. Jody went plain Jane as pictured above.
Call us lightweights, but we both ate only a quarter of our brownies. So be ready to store or share. I think a build your own brownie sundae buffet would be fun for a party! It would be so waffle-y good!


Anonymous said...

Wow! This post was a doozie for me! I never thought I'd have to put a call in to a lawyer to decide between cake and brownie! I'm still looking over the language, but I tend to put brownies in the "cake" category. It seems like the difference between cakes and cookies is whether you bake them in a pan (cakes) or if you bake them in individual servings (cookies). I fully realize there are probably culinary arguments to what I've just said, but at this point, I'm sticking with "brownies=cake". Erm, not sure where that leaves the waffle. Sorry.

Pentavarit said...

I'm waffling on the cookie/cake argument...

I really like the look of your crazy waffle! Did the batter not reach all the holes or did you do that on purpose? Very cool, either way.

Lani said...

The jury is still out, anonymous :)

Pentavarit- You make me laugh. Well said. By the way, Any coolness is always accidental! haha. I think that was the second one I made and I didn't have the amount quite down. I almost mentioned that mine was more of a picasso but let's face it... I all ready said WAY too much!

Amanda said...

Teach me how to cook! Your blog is making me hungry.