Vanilla Bean & Blueberry Waffles
Blueberries haven’t always been a fruit I’ve liked very much (it’s a texture thing). But lately I’ve been snacking on handfuls of frozen blueberries (gotta eat those antioxidant-rich foods one way or another), and somehow they’ve started to really grow on me.
So I decided to get adventurous and add them to my favorite Belgian waffles!
Initially I set out to make a Lemon Blueberry Waffle, simply by subbing lemon extract for the vanilla and adding a tablespoon or so of fresh lemon zest. Can’t you just imagine how deliciously summery that would taste?? Especially with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream– YUM!
But in the end…. I couldn’t be bothered to dig out my lemon extract or zest a lemon first thing this morning.
Instead, I turned to my trusty, rusty vanilla bean paste (which I keep right on the counter, always within reach).
Now, for those of you who have taste buds, I strongly recommend keeping a bottle of vanilla paste on hand. It just makes everything taste better. You can buy it at World Market, Williams-Sonoma, and other specialty food stores. But I usually buy it on Amazon– quick, easy, and free 2-day shipping with Prime :)
But if you can’t get your hands on some, feel free to simply scrape half of a vanilla bean or even just use a high quality vanilla extract. Those will work just fine as well.
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