Waffles with Chocolate Fondue
For the waffles:
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
For the chocolate fondue:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 lb. chocolate fondue chips
- 2 to 3 Tbs. flavored liqueur, such as kirsch, amaretto or orange liqueur (optional)
To make the waffles, preheat a Belgian waffle maker on medium-high heat according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Preheat an oven to 200°F.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the buttermilk, oil and vanilla until blended. In another bowl, whisk 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 1 cup of the whites into the batter, then carefully fold in the remaining whites.
Pour about 1/3 cup batter into each well of the waffle maker and close the lid. Cook the waffles until golden brown and crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer the waffles to a wire rack set on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Meanwhile, make the chocolate fondue: Using the cream, fondue chips and liqueur, prepare the fondue according to the package instructions. Keep warm in a fondue pot.
Cut the waffles into quarters and serve with the chocolate fondue. Serves 4 to 6.