It’s been non-stop women’s soccer in our house for the past week, and for once our teams are on top. If the Women’s World Cup proves anything, it’s that if you want to win, send in the women. After the US’s 13-0 win over Thailand last week, I doubt anyone will be doubting their superiority over the men’s team any time soon.
I’ve been on a bit of a brunch kick lately, and I’ve got a couple of real winners for you this week. Something sweet, something savoury, both absolutely delicious. Things you’ll wish you could eat every day.
These Black Pepper Bacon Waffles have crispy bacon cooked right inside of them, so you get a hit of smoky, salty bacon with every bite. The black pepper adds just a hint of heat to keep the whole thing interesting. Be sure to have plenty of maple syrup on hand to balance it all out and make your morning sweet.
Making these waffles couldn’t be easier. Crisp up your bacon all at once in the oven. Mix together dry and wet ingredients, then bring all your components together in one bowl. Slap it into your waffle iron and come out with something excellent.
Black Pepper Bacon Waffles are the perfect all-in-one breakfast. Make them and be happy.
Black Pepper Bacon Waffles
5 slices streaky bacon
1-1/4 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, divided
1-1/2 cups plain flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
- To make the bacon, preheat your oven to 375F (190C) and lay your bacon slices out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Grind about 1 teaspoon of pepper generously over your bacon and bake until crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Just keep an eye on it until it’s as done as you like. Remove it from the oven and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
- Preheat your waffle iron while you get on with your waffle batter.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, and brown sugar. Whisk this gently to evenly combine your ingredents.
- In another mixing bowl or a measuring jug, add eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, and buttermilk. Whisk to combine.
- Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and fold gently until everything is just combined. Don’t panic about any minor lumps.
- Chop your cooled bacon into bite-size pieces and add them to your waffle batter. Fold the bacon through.
- Cook your waffles in your waffle iron according to what works best for your machine. You want them to be brown on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. My machine took about five minutes per waffle.
- Serve piping hot with your favorite toppings. May I suggest salted butter and maple syrup.
Recipe from Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson.