New Year's Waffle Bar Brunch

New Years Eve always gets all the attention and tradition, but New Years Day is pretty special too! I love the feeling of new beginnings, a fresh start. Our family is chalk full of fun traditions for the long night before, but we typically have New Year’s Day off work, and want to fill it with something intentional and memorable too. I think a waffle bar brunch with friends is such a fun idea to gather together and celebrate, it is easy to make, people can contribute toppings, and it appeals to young and old. The recipe for success!

I went to Pinterest looking for waffle bar brunch ideas, and of course, found some great inspiration to get me started.

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe has reliable recipes I can count on, so I went to her, looking for a great recipe. When I saw her buttermilk waffle recipe, I knew it would be a hit!

Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles - Mel's Kitchen Cafe

So delicious! Made them with half whole wheat half white and I couldn’t even believe they had whole wheat in them. They we so tender and light. An easy but special breakfast for conference morning! Made the full recipe and had about 3 waffles leftover after two adults and two little kids ate their fill. Perfect! Author: Kate Recipe Type: Breakfast Total Time: PT13M

Yield: 4-6 waffles

Serving size: 5
Calories per serving: 281

2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups (14 ounces buttermilk ) here is a guide for making your own buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (7.25 ounces) all-purpose flour (see note)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. In another bowl whisk together the dry ingredients; combine the wet and dry ingredients just until smooth.

For an 8-inch round waffle iron, use about 1/3 cup batter (adjust according to waffle iron size). Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the iron stops steaming. If making cheese waffles, pour 1/3 cup batter on waffle iron and sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese over batter before closing iron.


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You can make the waffles ahead and/or keep them coming hot as your guests are eating. Invite your guests to bring toppings or syrups to make it extra special. This is a great brunch idea for New Years, but it would be fun any day of the year! Enjoy!


    Stefanie Hathaway
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