Buttermilk Coconut Waffles

Buttermilk Coconut Waffles
If you have a good waffle iron, waffles are a surprisingly easy way to start your day. Like pancakes, the batter for this recipe can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes. Unlike pancakes, however, there is no need to stand over the stove because the iron does all the work for you while you do other morning tasks, such as brewing up some fresh coffee to go with those waffles. The point that I am trying to make here is that, while waffles are a wonderful weekend food, they are a fantastic way to get an average weekday off to a great start and don’t take that much more effort than making toast.

These Buttermilk Coconut Waffles are easy to make and loaded with shredded coconut, giving them not only a nice coconut flavor, but a little extra texture because you’ll get some in every bite. As a coconut fan, I’m always happy to start my morning with a little taste of the tropics. I used sweetened coconut in these waffles and highly recommend that you do the same. This is primarily because the waffles are not very sweet on their own and the additional sweetness of the coconut helps it to stand out even more. It is also because sweetened coconut is a little softer than unsweetened coconut and that softness blends nicely into the tender interior of the waffles. The batter itself is a straightforward buttermilk belgian waffle batter that I’ve used several times before. It has a small amount of cornstarch in it that keeps the waffles tender and light.

While I did use a belgian waffle iron, you can make these waffles using a traditional waffle iron, as well. If your iron is a very different shape or size, you might get slightly more or fewer waffles from this recipe, though it should definitely make enough to serve at least four people. If you are serving a big group, feel free to double the recipe. Also, be sure to store ready-to-eat waffles in a warm oven to keep them crisp until you’ve finished cooking the whole batch of batter, so that everyone can sit down to eat at the same time.

I served these up with maple syrup but coconut syrup or another tropical flavor is the best way to go if you have some on hand. Leftover waffles can be frozen and reheated in the oven or the toaster, too.

Buttermilk Coconut Waffles
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour buttermilk mixture in. Whisk or stir until batter comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients are visible. Fold in shredded coconut until evenly distributed.
Preheat Belgian waffle iron until very hot. Grease lightly with melted butter or cooking spray. Pour about 1 cup of batter (more or less, depending on your iron) into your waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions until deep golden on both sides (about 4 minutes in my iron).
Serve immediately, or place in a 250F oven to keep warm while you finish making the the rest of the batch of waffles. Sprinkle waffles with additional coconut before serving.

Makes 4 large waffles.

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