Awards,  Breakfast / Brunch

I Heart You, Lemon Waffles

I’m wrapping up my citrus month with love….heart shaped lemon waffles.  Both in shape and taste, these light and fluffy waffles make a delicious, romantic breakfast.  Simply topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and warmed maple syrup.  Because as you know, it’s the simple pleasures in life that are the most special.

I’ve always used the method my mother did for making waffles of separating the eggs, whipping the whites and then folding them into the batter.  While it isn’t necessary to do this, as the taste will still be the same, I do find that the waffles are lighter and fluffier prepared in this manner.  Sometimes when I’m deciding on make either pancakes or waffles, I’ll lean toward pancakes as I don’t have to separately beat the whites for pancakes!  Pancake batter also can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight.  I’ve not done that with the waffle batter, but I do pre measure out the dry ingredients one day or more ahead so that it’s easier on me in the morning!  Waffles just take a bit more love and attention.

Recently Charles at Five Euro Food posted his Swedish Pancakes, which are made in the shape of 4 hearts connected in a circle.  They are made in a cast iron waffle iron for the stove; something new I learned, once again, from Charles!

I am forever appreciative of all who follow me and the many, many blogs I follow always picking up new ideas and inspiration.  Learning about new dishes, cultures and traditions fascinate me so.  Recently, I was extremely surprised to receive from Cecilia at The Kitchens Garden these gorgeous red shoes!!  How did she ever know my size!!

Actually, this one red shoe is The (Red) Educational Shoe Award.  Cecilia so kindly thought of me to pass this on to.  I’ve learned so much from Cecilia following her morning farm walks.  I’m impressed daily with her sustainable lifestyle and all that she does and endures through the freezing cold, hunters with rifles and scary sounds in the dark!   I’m so very flattered that she felt she actually found something new or interesting from me!!

To pass along the award, I can think of so many of you that have expanded my world and taught me so much.  And, there are a few men out there but I don’t believe any of those that I’m thinking of might wear high heeled red shoes!  So I will stick to the ladies on this one and also selecting just four, for the following reasons….

For lots of information and great recipes to keep me fit and eat healthy, Lisa at Smart Food and Fit and Kelly at Inspired Edibles.  Both ladies can toss their sneakers out for a night as they deserve this Red Shoe.  Kelly not only creates healthy dishes from breakfast to desserts, her plates are always presented so beautifully.  She explains the ingredients she uses in the recipes, the nutritional benefits and has shared many ingredients new to me.  She’s also complimented my recipes and pointed out nutritional tips in her comments which I love to see!!

Lisa keeps me challenged!  She’s really committed to keeping fit and eating clean!  Whenever I read her posts, I want to do a few more exercises, bike a bit further and tweak more of my recipes for cleaner ingredients!  She’s provided tips on packing school box lunches in her Lunchbox Series to new workout routines and eating healthy strategies.

My other two recipients for this Red Educational Shoe Award go to the ladies who share their travels.  While it’s my biggest dream to one day visit Italy, I’ve not yet had a chance to travel outside the US.  So, to Karen at Back Road Journal and Tanya at Chica Andaluza, this Red Shoe goes to you both!  Through most of October, I was able to virtually travel with Karen through the more untraveled areas of Italy, learning of new places like Bolzano and Bressanone Italy to beautiful wine vineyards and finally to Germany.  Her photos and care in explaining the sites, beauty and food fascinated me throughout her trip.  I hope she’s planning another vacation real soon!!

Tanya, the Chica at Chica Andaluza, to begin with, lives in Spain which would be a dream to me, building a home there and sharing her lifestyle.  And then she takes these “holidays” to what to me are the most picturesque, beautiful locations!  Places like Galicia and Asturias and Bali – I’m so jealous!  I’ve learned of new food, culture and places I’d love to visit one day.

So take your Red Shoe ladies, display it proudly and pass it along if you wish to!!

I Heart You, Lemon Waffles

2 eggs, separated

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour unbleached white flour, sifted

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-2 tablespoons raw (turbinado), depending on your sweetness level

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 ¼ cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat waffle iron, spray if necessary.  Beat egg whites until stiff, set aside.  In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients, set aside.  In another medium size bowl, combine the yolk, cream, juice and butter.  Add to dry and mix until blended.  Fold in egg whites until just combined; do not over mix.  Cook according to the directions of your waffle iron.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and warmed real maple syrup.  Serve at once.  Makes about 8 waffles, depending on your waffle size.

You can also check out  The Orange Bee for her orange flavored waffles!

I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.


  • ceciliag

    Fantastic post, gorgeous waffles, and I also had difficulty passing on a red shoe to a male blogger.. ah well. there are two blogs here that I do not know so i am off to visit. Lots of love from the farmy darling, have fun!! c

  • thekalechronicles

    First of all, congratulations on getting the red shoe award. Your lemon waffles look rich and gorgeous. I always separate the eggs, too, for the lighter texture. We use our waffle iron a lot because our stove is electric and it is more difficult to turn out consistent pancakes.

  • hotlyspiced

    Congrats on your Red Shoe award. If only it wasn’t virtual and came with a matching shoe in your size because I can just see you heading out in a pair of these! Great post. I’ll look forward to checking out the blogs you have passed the award on to. And your waffles sound delicious and I think folding through the egg whites would make an enormous difference to how light and soft they are. Now I just need to go and buy me a waffle iron!

  • ChgoJohn

    A wonderful post, Linda. Congratulations on receiving another well-deserved award! Many more are sure to come your way. Count on it. These waffles would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. Your Mother taught you well and I’m sure she be proud to see you still separating the eggs. 🙂

  • Kristy

    Congrats on another fantastically well-deserved award Linda. 🙂 These waffles sound fantastic! I haven’t had waffles in years. I have a lonely waffle maker sitting down in a basement cabinet too. Maybe the kids would enjoy these for Valentine’s Day. (I know I would…anyone want to drop a hint to Mike?! LOL.)

  • Chica Andaluza

    Congratulations Linda on a well deserved award and thank you too for my show. Just think, if we ever meet up we´ll have the pair to share! Am loving these waffles (don´t have a waffle iron though to make them here) and the heart heading too…very gorgeous!

    • spicegirlfla

      Yes, David, I didn’t think you wore red shoes!! It was you, John and Charles who I thought of as you all not only have wonderful recipes, you provide alot of background and detail in sharing the history and steps involved in your recipes. And, of course, your smokehouse and gardening tips!!!

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Linda, what a lovely surprise… thank you so much for all your kind words and what an honour to receive the glowing red shoe… I shall wear it with great happiness! Thank you…and congrats to you and the other recipients.

    Your heart waffles are perfect. Simple pleasures indeed… what a great way to kick-off February 14th ~ (did you use a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shapes?). I’m making these for the whole family on hearts day – can’t wait! Thanks Linda.

    p.s. love the hearts in your header… 🙂

  • Caroline

    I’m absolutely loving your lemon kick right now! All of these recipes sound beyond delicious. Lemon waffles?! Heck yes. Never tried that before, but I know I’d be a huge fan. Congrats on the award. Initially, I really thought you were given heels and might have been a bit jealous? 😉 haha but really, congrats, well deserved!!

  • Charles

    Ooh, thanks for the shout-out Linda – so lovely to see your waffles too, and don’t they look adorable. Powdered sugar and warm maple syrup… oh boy, I’m feeling hungry, and I feel like I only just had breakfast! I bet the lemon is a fantastic addition!

  • Purely.. Kay

    Congrats to all the recipients of this award. I love those blogs and they definitely deserve the recognition :). Now onto these waffles Miss Linda… LOVE IT! I am in love and it has nothing to do with those cut waffle heart shapes either lol. These just look so darn good. Now I have to head to Target and find me a heart shaped waffle maker lol

  • Amy

    So funny that my blog and a bunch of others I’ve read, including yours, have had waffles on the menu this week! The lemon sounds like it would be sooo good. And I totally love that you have a heart shaped waffle maker 🙂

  • France

    Lemon waffles sound amazing and though we have a great waffle iron, we do tend to lean towards pancakes because they are easier. I look forward to trying these out and getting out of our pancake rut.

  • Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}

    Congrats on the well deserved red shoe award! Thanks for passing it along to me and for the kind words! 🙂 I had to chuckle when you said you pass on giving this award to the other men bloggers, omg can you imagine? lol I could use a nice pair of dress shoes and a night out (hint, hint to my hubby!).
    So is that the secret to fluffly waffles? I’m going to try your method, though I did get a waffle iron for Christmas I’ve only played around with a few recipes. My boys love their pancakes and waffles on the weekends!

  • Sissi

    Congratulations, Linda! You definitely merit this award! The waffles are so cute! And there is lemon juice and zest there too 🙂 Without making it on purpose I made several new lemon dishes in January and I wonder if it’s not your citrus dishes that have unconsciously made me dream of lemon treats 🙂

  • Geni - Sweet and Crumby

    I absolutely agree with you that beating the egg whites actually makes a nice difference in the texture of the waffle. I always feel it make the outside just a tad crispy which is so nice when biting into the inside of the tender waffle. Your lemon waffles look divine! Congratulations on your new red shoes Linda! You deserve them!

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