Buttermilk Waffles with French Strawberry Jam
For the strawberry jam:
- 2 lb. strawberries, stemmed and quartered
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
For the waffles:
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 Tbs. sugar
- Sweetened whipped cream for serving
Meanwhile, make the waffles: Have all the ingredients at room temperature. Preheat an oven to 200°F. Preheat a Belgian waffle maker according to the manufacturer?s instructions
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Whisk in the buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add the flour mixture to the yolk mixture and whisk until smooth.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold half of the egg whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining whites. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer?s instructions. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
Serve the waffles with the strawberry jam and whipped cream alongside. Makes about eight 4 1/2-inch waffles and 2 cups jam.