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Thursday
May172012

Coconut Waffles

Coconut Waffles

There is an adjustment period that comes with moving. Even after the belongings have found their way into closets, shelves, and onto living room walls, the new house is not a home. Not yet. It often feels like I'm a visitor who has come to stay, signed the guest book, but has yet to realize I'm not going to be leaving anytime soon.

Adjusting to anything new takes time, as we all know, and there is little to do to hurry the process along.

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In the middle of cooking dinner, I often forget which cupboards and drawers I've put silverware or certain utensils and end up tearing apart half the kitchen just to find a spoon. In bed, I lie awake longer than usual, not used to hearing the foreign creaks and groans of a new building. I turn my key the wrong way in the lock, never sure which direction will lock or open the door. These are small things, certainly, but the extra moments I spend adjusting (and readjusting) the shower head or flipping on the wrong light switches leave me feeling like a guest in my new surroundings.

Perhaps it is only when you've mastered the little things that you can feel as if you finally belong in the place you've chosen to be your new home.

Coconut Waffles

Sunday morning breakfasts are my favorite meal of the week for a hundred reasons, but mainly because it's one of the few meals my entire family sits down and enjoys together. Sunday brunch is full of comfort foods and loving people. After eating the past half dozen meals alone, in front of a computer screen, I needed to feel contentment that can only come from a Sunday brunch.

At four o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon, I sat down on the floor with a plate of syrup soaked pancakes in my lap and flipped on a familiar re-run of my favorite sitcom. Somehow, it brought me closer to home.

Coconut Waffles

These coconut waffles have a subtle, comforting flavor. Whole wheat waffles are infused with coconut milk and flaked coconut pieces in the batter to bring in the delicate coconut flavor. During cooking, the outsides of the waffles crisp up slightly while the inside stays soft. I prefer to top these waffles with flaked, toasted coconut and a little more maple syrup than is probably considered healthy. Whether it's Sunday brunch or a weekday afternoon, I hope these waffles bring you comfort, whenever and wherever you may be.

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Coconut Waffles
Adapted from Cookie + Kate

Yields 3-4 servings

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flakes, plus extra for topping

Preheat waffle iron.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the honey, egg, milks, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until just incorporated. The batter may be lumpy and this is okay.

Cook the waffles in the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Serve warm, topped with extra (or toasted) coconut flakes, and a healthy dose of syrup.

Reader Comments (9)

Definitely bookmarking this for Sunday brunch!
These sound so fantastic! Love this idea!
Your posts are always so beautiful. Especially today.I felt oddly calm while reading. And I'm definitely feeling to comfort after reading about a stack full of waffels on your lap while watching your favorite show.

These look amazing; I can taste them now. Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside; the way the perfect waffel should feel. :)
Those waffles look just beautiful. I can imagine that they would make for a delicious plate of comfort food. Good luck on adjusting to your new house, too. Even if the little things can be tricky, it's still a fun new adventure! :)
05.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKocinera
Glad you enjoyed the coconut waffles. They are my favorite, and I was worried that no one had tried them until now! The coconut oil really adds something special, it's one of my favorite ingredients, so if you haven't given it a try I hope you will soon!
05.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCookie and Kate
I just had pancakes! and now I'm regreting it, I should have visited your blog earlier
05.20.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeti
Delicious! I just made these for a special family brunch and everyone loved them!
05.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHal
Hi Kristin,

I can completely empathise with your feelings on living alone, and I will give you sympathy on the "too-many-baked-goods" problem! Don't worry - you are not alone! A girl's gotta bake, but a girl's also gotta fit into her jeans.

On a totally different note - what's the brand/model of your waffle maker? I find my current machine completely unable to fulfill my waffle needs at this time.

Cheers,
Sarah.
05.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Sarah-- I used an Oster Belgian Waffle maker (http://www.amazon.com/Oster-3883-Belgian-Wafflemaker-Chrome/dp/B00006FMT8). It likes to overflow a bit sometimes, but the batter is surprisingly easy enough to wipe up. It cooks up the waffles pretty quickly too (about 5 min per batch).
05.22.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau

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