Friday, August 09, 2013

Drunken Cherry Waffles {and a giveaway!}

Everyone knows that eating breakfast does a body good.  Everyone also knows that eating fresh fruit does a body good.  What some people don't realize, is that eating fresh fruit that has been soaked in a liqueur and cooked into a caramelized state - then poured onto pretty much anything, makes breakfast even better. 
I do want to clear the air and note that despite the name of this drunken cherry waffle recipe, these waffles won't get you drunk.  Unless of course you consider yourself to be drunk with happiness after realizing how delicious they are.  
(my husband is the lovely hand-model-syrup-pourer-taste-tester pictured above) 
Pitting cherries can be hard work....but luckily OXO came to my rescue with the help of their handy dandy Cherry Pitter that they sent me along with 10 lbs. of cherries from Northwest Cherry Growers for participating in this blogging challenge! Thank you OXO & Northwest Cherries!  I feel so lucky - especially since cherries are one of my favorite fruits and they can be expensive to purchase in the store. :) 

For this 10 lb. Cherry Challenge that I am participating in, OXO will be posting all participants' posts in a photo album on their OXO Facebook page on Monday, August 12th for fans to vote via "likes."  The post with the most "likes" wins some pretty *sweet* OXO products and will be a featured Facebook post the following week! 

So - I need YOUR help!  Please help me win this 10 lb. Cherry Challenge by visiting OXO's Facebook Page next week and "liking" my photo & recipe!  In exchange for your help, you can enter to win my giveaway! The lucky reader will receive a brand new OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter!
There are multiple ways to win!  Make sure to check them out below:

1) "Like" my photo on the OXO Facebook Page for the #10lbcherrychallenge 
2)Leave a comment on this blog 
3) Like my Facebook page (if you haven't already) and leave a comment on the Facebook page!
4) Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment on this blog that you are a follower 
5) Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment on this blog that you are a follower
6) Post about this giveaway and recipe on your blog or Facebook page and link it back to me!

You will be entered once for each method you choose!  Winners will be selected randomly (using a lifeless random number generator) and announced the week of August 19th.  I will ship the cherry pitter to the winner for free within the U.S.

Good luck! 

Here is the box of premium cherries that arrived on my doorstep!

Here is OXO's Cherry Pitter being put to good use!

And last but not is the recipe for the delicious drunken cherry waffles:

Drunken Cherry Waffles
Serves 2-4
Homemade Waffle Mix: 
Dry ingredients (makes enough for multiple uses – use within 3 months)
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour and store in an air-tight container.

To make waffles:
1 cup dry pancake mix (from above)
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon light olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon lemon zest

In a bowl, combine dry pancake mix, egg, milk, oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon and lemon zest.   Mix just until combined.  Heat waffle iron and lightly grease with butter or cooking spray. Pour batter on waffle iron. Cook until lightly brown and crispy.  Top with drunken cherries and maple syrup.

Drunken Cherries
1 ½ cups pitted whole sweet cherries
About 1 cup Amaretto Liqueur (plus 2 TBS. more for cooking)
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. sugar


Pit cherries and place in a mason jar.  Fill jar with amaretto liqueur and seal tightly.  Place jar in refrigerator and let cherries soak for 1-2 nights (or as desired).  After cherries have soaked, remove cherries from the amaretto and set aside (do not toss the amaretto!).  Chop or mash cherries in a small bowl.  Over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the cherries and cook, gently turning them occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the sugar and cook until it melts, about 1 minute. Gently stir in the 2 TBS. amaretto and cook until the liquid has reduced slightly, about 1 minute.  Serve waffles immediately and top with a spoonful of the drunken cherries & maple syrup. 

Check out some of the other great cherry recipes from the other bloggers that participated in this 10 lb. Cherry Challenge!

1 comment:

Jared Castle said...

My sons, Kai (age 10) and Kou (age 9), will enjoy this recipe. They always want to help in the kitchen and pitting cherries is a fantastic, age-appropriate activity.