In the dead of winter, when even my much cared for indoor herbs appear to have lost all hope, nature brings us sunshine in the form of citrus fruit from the world over. As we prepare to hail in a new year, the season of citrus harvest begins. What better way to mark this occasion than with my family’s favourite waffle recipe: lemon ricotta waffles. Plus, I still have some frozen wild blueberries in my freezer. How about some blueberry-orange sauce to drizzle over the waffles? The fruits of a year gone by paired with the fruits of a newly arrived one… what a perfect way to ring in the new year! Happy New Year friends!
Whole Wheat Lemon Ricotta Waffles
- 195 g (about 1 1/2 cups) white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- zest of one lemon, finely grated
- 75 g (about 1/3 cup) butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 125 g (about 1/2 cup) ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Mix first four ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Mix in lemon zest.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine and form a homogeneous mixture.
- Cook the waffles as per instructions of your waffle iron.
Wild Blueberry-Orange Sauce
(yields about 2/3 cup)
- 1 1/2 cups wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest, finely grated
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and allow to simmer (uncovered) for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
- Pass through a conical sieve, collecting the liquid and discarding the solid portion.
Note: You may omit step 2 and use the sauce as is as well.