What to do when you have the winter blues and some left over coconut milk sitting in the fridge? Hmm…. think tropical of course.
There was a need for some weekend staycation solitude in our house after a trying start to 2016 (that is putting it lightly). Plus brunch is on the menu. Why not Piña Colada Waffles?
The set up was perfect – Coconut milk, check. Fresh pineapple, check. Spiced rum, check! The makings of sweet paradise.
I had recently used a waffle recipe that I adapted for blueberry lemon, so why not for this 1950’s cocktail favourite. Who doesn’t think of sandy beaches and the rolling ocean when taking their first sip of iced rum induced goodness? It is not a hard sell that those things belong together.
This could be a get away reality! It doesn’t hurt having a stocked pantry and a major grocery store within a 5 minute walk. It is time to create while the hubby and little one are still fast asleep.
With a coffee in hand and a hot waffle iron waiting in the wings, nothing can stop this.
I have previously used coconut oil in lieu of butter in previous recipes which is a pretty good substitute and also adds extra coconut flavour to the overall results. It seemed like a good fit, so why not?
Toasting the coconut flakes to enhance the flavour is ideal. Adding it as a topping, but also incorporating them into the batter would be even better. Sweetened coconut flakes added to the overall cake like taste and texture of the waffle. Who could pass that up?
Like my husband says, “Well, If you are going to do it…..” He seems to be supportive in a sarcastic ways sometimes, but never seems to turn down a creation. Other friends, neighbours and coworkers also comment, “Of course you did”, but are readily in line for any samplings offered their way. Should I consider ‘Sarcastic Cooking’ as my niche? Another thought for another post. Back to brunch.
Pineapple syrup was a natural progression to top off the coconut delight. It turned out super sweet with a tangy punch of the islands. Just enough to make any sweet tooth beg for one more bite.
So whip up a batch for your fellow island lovers who need a summer breeze break. Close your eyes and indulge.
Piña Colada Waffles
The call of the islands will be answered at your breakfast table. A mini get away from the everyday. Indulge in a treat for your mind and senses.
- 3/4 cup of flaked coconut
- 2 cups of fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 2 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup of dark spiced rum
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- Toast coconut flakes in a medium pan over medium-high heat for approximately 3-5 minutes until lightly browned. Stir constantly to ensure that it does not scorch. Remove from heat and let cool.For the pineapple syrup:
- In a small sauce pan, combine the pineapple, vanilla extract, white sugar and cornstarch. Cover and cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes until the sauce thicken. Set aside and let cool.
- Preheat the waffle maker. Lightly spray the waffle grills with vegetable oil cooking spray.For the waffles:
- Beat the egg whites until they are thick and hold soft peaks using a whisk or an electric hand mixer in a medium bowl, about 2 minutes.
- Combine the egg yolks, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and rum in a large bowl. Beat until smooth. Add the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until smooth.
- Fold the egg whites, coconut oil and 1/2 cup of the toasted coconut flakes. Using the amount recommended by the waffle iron manufacturer's instructions, about 1/3 cup of batter for each waffle, pour the batter into the preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Top with the remaining toasted coconut flakes and drizzle with pineapple syrup to serve.
Adapted from a Giada De Laurentiis & Living the Gourmet recipe.0.1http://mdivadomestica.com/2016/02/pinacoladawaffles/