February 5, 2011

Cinnamon Blueberry Waffles and a Valentine’s Day Waffle Maker Giveaway!

Heart shaped waffles

Like my friends at Big Girls, Small Kitchen, I think that breakfast is often an overlooked opportunity to woo a loved one. I mean, dinner and all that is great, but breakfast is the best way to start off the day. Why not start it off right with a delicious romantic meal?! Our breakfasts are rarely romantic these since our daughter is often munching away on her cereal while chatting our ears off about her upcoming day at school, but no matter. I just include her in the mix and go all out with a fabulous meal anyway.

heart shaped waffle maker

This Valentine’s Day I’ll be serving some fabulous heart shaped waffles for breakfast. Does this relate to naptime cooking at all? Yes! Because I make my homemade mix during naptime the day before. I used to use my mix to make regular shaped waffles on the waffle maker I borrowed from my parent, but then I received this amazing heart shaped waffle maker from my friend’s at King Arthur Flour and the whole game changed. Now I mix up my favorite batter and cook our waffles into heart shapes. My daughter gets a kick out of the whole thing and my husband graciously accepts my cheesy romantic overtures in waffle form. What can I say, sometimes being breakfast is the perfect occasion for silly romance!

Since I think we all should be getting in the spirit of romantic breakfast I am giving away a heart shaped waffle maker courtesy of King Arthur Flour! Entering is simple and fun! Also, stay tuned for some great waffle recipes this coming week. Happy Valentine’s Day!

To Enter to Win a Heart Shaped Waffle Maker:

1) Leave a comment sharing your romantic breakfast idea.

2) Sign up to receive my newsletter (upper left corner of the screen) and come on over and join me on Facebook as a fan.

3) Contest runs from Saturday February 5th at 12:01am ET through Sunday February 13th at 11:59pm ET.

4) Winner will be chosen by Random.org. The winner has 48 hours to claim his/her prize before another winner is chosen.

Recipe

Homemade Pancake/Waffle Mix

Ingredients

4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
½ c. malt powder (like Carnation or Horlick’s)
1 t. cinnamon (optional)
3 T. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
2 T. sugar
1 ½ t. Kosher salt

1. Mix all ingredients in a big bowl with a whisk. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Homemade Waffles

1 c. pancake/waffle mix (above)
egg
1 c. whole or 2% milk
1 T. unsalted butter

Instructions

1. Rub the waffle maker with a little bit of butter or cooking spray. Ladle about one cup of the mixture into the hot waffle maker and cook the waffles for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

The key to this recipe is a malt powder. If you don’t add it your mix may seem a little bland and basic. But, no matter how you make it, be sure to have fun dressing up the waffles once their made. My favorite toppings are sliced fruits, maple syrup, fruit syrup and sweet cheeses like ricotta or mascarpone.

Naptime Stopwatch

Make the pancake mix takes all of 5 minutes! Making the batter and enjoying the pancakes takes about another 10 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

My daughter adores waffles, especially when they are heart shaped!