There's something amazing about cooking with someone else in their kitchen. Working together on a recipe, swapping notes, throwing ideas around, styling, shooting, eating. It's one of my favourite things. My NYC Mum Jill and I do it fairly often, and, if I may say so myself, we often manage to come up with some pretty epic creations. Jill makes some of the best food I have ever tasted. Her home is so welcoming, her kitchen is beautiful, there's cats to snuggle and a puppy to play with, and it's just the perfect place to spend a day. We always have the best time completely destroying her kitchen.
The most recent kitchen adventure we set out to recreate an amazing chocolate chestnut waffle that we tried while we were breakfasting with some friends of ours at De Maria. The waffle was rich and chocolatey, and studded with little soft pieces of chestnut. We ordered one for the table, and when it arrived, we all abandoned our orders and totally destroyed it. We had no choice but to recreate it.
And my goodness, did we recreate it. We adapted a fairly standard waffle mixture, subbing the flour for buckwheat flour, chestnut flour and a 1:1 gluten free baking mix to keep it gluten free. Chopped roasted chestnuts and dark chocolate were stirred in just before it went into the waffle iron. The waffle that came out somehow managed to be light but dense at the same time, fudgy from the chocolate, and earthy and nutty from the buckwheat and chestnut flours. We paired it with maple syrup and super rich coconut yoghurt. It was hands down one of the best waffles I have ever eaten, and I can't wait to recreate it again.
This would be perfect for breakfast or dessert. You can serve it with whatever you would like - it would be amazing with ice-cream and fruit, or a softly whipped cream and chocolate sauce. My favourite thing about this recipe is that it is a little play on your traditional waffle - the flavour profile is rich, and keeps you coming back for more.
A few wee notes:
- The recipe uses both chestnut flour and roasted chestnuts. These should be available in supermarkets such as wholefoods, or you can get them on amazon.
- The quantity that is made depends on your waffle maker - Jill has a waffle maker that makes square waffles, while mine makes slightly larger round waffles. You will need to have a play around with how much mixture you need depending on the machine that you are using and whether you would like your waffles to be uniformly shaped, or a little more rustic like ours were. We used a smaller amount of mixture so that they didn't spread right to the sides of the maker.
- We used a 1:1 or cup for cup gluten free flour to keep these gluten free, but if that isn't important to you, all-purpose flour will work perfectly.
- To make your own buttermilk, add 1 tsp acid (apple cider vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice) per cup of whole milk.
Gluten free chocolate chestnut waffles
- Makes approx 8-10 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle maker -
1/2 cup (50g) chestnut flour
1/2 cup (60g) buckwheat flour
1 cup (120g) 1:1 gluten free flour
1/2 cup (60g) dutch cocoa powder
1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups (480ml) buttermilk
1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) melted butter
1 cup roasted chestnuts, chopped
200g (7oz) high quality dark chocolate, chopped finely
Coconut yoghurt and maple syrup to serve (optional)
- PROCESS -
Preheat your waffle maker.
In a large bowl, sift together the chestnut flour, buckwheat flour, gluten free flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir together, and create a well in the middle.
Whisk the egg yolks and vanilla into the buttermilk. Add to the dry ingredients, along with the melted butter. Stir until just combined.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped egg whites into the waffle mixture until just combined. Carefully stir through the chopped chocolate and chestnuts.
Spray waffle maker lightly with cooking spray or brush with oil. Cook the mixture in the waffle maker until cooked through - cooking time varies depending on your machine.
Serve with coconut yoghurt and maple syrup.