My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on the 7th. 7 years on the 7th: does that make it our golden year? You know like if your birthday is on the 5th of the month, then your 5th year is your golden year. Or is it the 7 year itch?
Who makes this stuff up is what I really want to know.
My husband is not a morning person. I remember when I first learned this about him. We were going to the same college (that’s how we met), and he lived in an apartment right across the street from said college. So I had the great idea one day that I should come over before our first class the next day so we could eat breakfast together. The next morning, I showed up at his place bright and early with all the supplies for a yummy french toast breakfast for two. I even brought a sifter to put a dusting of powdered sugar on top. He was obviously grumpy, but nothing a good, filling breakfast wouldn’t fix, right? After watching him struggle through 4 bites, I finally asked if he didn’t like french toast. It turned out not only did he not like french toast, but he also was not a breakfast person. He wakes up grumpy every morning and is never ready to eat until lunch time. He just didn’t have the heart to tell me when I had come up with my “brilliant” idea the night before. I just laughed and told him he should have told me.
All of that just to say, we’re never going to be the type of couple that shares breakfast together.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t make a yummy special breakfast just for me. Besides, it’s not like our 3 kids would ever let me eat alone.
I woke up on our 7th anniversary craving waffles. But I didn’t want just regular plain waffles. I wanted something fruity and fresh. Something that screamed summer. My mind instantly went to blueberries (probably because that’s what I had in my fridge). A quick Pinterest search lead me to Something Swanky’s recipe for vanilla bean and blueberry waffles. As I was reading through the ingredients I thought, why not add some lemon? Lemon and blueberry are a classic combo after all. So I took that recipe and swapped lemon extract for the vanilla extract, added lemon juice and lemon zest, and 86’d the cinnamon and nutmeg.
It was exactly what I was looking for: fruity, fresh, and undeniably special. The zesty lemon was the perfect compliment to the explosion of bright, sweet blueberry.
The margarine (or butter, if you aren’t allergic to dairy like me) and maple syrup brought it all together. The pops of fresh blueberries were the cherry on top (or, berry on top, as it were).
Ironically, the kid who helped me make the waffles didn’t actually like the taste of the waffles. She promptly asked me to cut out the blueberries after setting her plate in front of her. I told her no.
My oldest kid however ate 2 whole waffles by herself.
Listening to those blueberries sizzle and pop in the waffle iron was mouth watering. Getting to bite into a fork full of steamy lemon scented oozing blueberry? Best way to start a Sunday. Especially when that Sunday is your wedding anniversary.
Do yourself a favor and make these babies for yourself while the blueberries are still in season. Don’t have a waffle iron? Go buy one so you can make these waffles. Trust me, it’ll be a worthwhile investment.
Lemon Blueberry Waffles
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 2 T of sugar
- 1 T baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups your choice of milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 T lemon juice
- 1 t lemon extract (optional; I just wanted an extra punch of lemon flavor)
- 1 cup of blueberries, plus extra for garnish
- Spray oil for waffle iron
- Preheat waffle iron
- Combine all of the dry ingredients and lemon zest in a bowl
- Combine the milk, eggs, and oil in a separate bowl, whisking until eggs are well combined
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a bit at a time, whisking after each addition. Once all of the wet ingredients have been added, whisk until batter is smooth.
- Add lemon juice and whisk until combined.
- Fold in blueberries
- Spray hot waffle iron liberally with spray oil, and ladle waffle batter in
- Top cooked waffles with butter, warm maple syrup, and fresh blueberries.
Try to not eat them all yourself. Sharing is caring.