I was really looking forward to this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – finally something sweet after many weeks of fishy-ness. Waffles! Yay! Something I don’t eat much (I don’t have a waffle maker so I do tend to order them when I go out for brunch) and something I have only made one other time – in fact, for French Fridays with Dorie – when we had to make smoked salmon waffles but oh, that’s right – I didn’t…
That was about a year ago and not only was Neil away the weekend I made them (and I don’t eat salmon, especially not smoked salmon chopped up and cooked in waffle batter) but as I mentioned earlier, I don’t own a waffle maker so I ended up just making plain waffles using Jamie Oliver’s griddle pan method. And promised I’d made the smoked salmon version when the plain ones rolled around.
So, more fishy fun. Actually I upped the fun factor a little because remembered that our good friend Alicia (she’s a faithful FFWD taste tester and when I announced we were in the final 10 recipes, she asked “What will you/ we eat?“. Indeed!) owns a little-used waffle maker (actually hers is called a waffle “baker”). So I invited her over for waffles, as long as she brought her machine.
I made a couple of smoked salmon waffles for Neil and plain ones for us. And while I was excited for my waffles to come out looking like “real” waffles, we all agreed that waffles are not our favourite thing – though I didn’t use much batter, they still were just a little on the doughy side.
Alicia and I remedied that with some Bonne Maman Dulce de Leche but Neil just thought the smoked salmon ones were weird (he didn’t top them with cream cheese like I suggested…). We all agreed (even those non-salmon eaters amongst us) that the salmon would have been better on top of the waffles with a little sour cream or cream cheese but that at the end of the day, we all prefer blinis or pancakes over waffles.
Get Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Waffles and Cream on page 416 of Around my French Table.
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