A classic dessert is reimagined in waffle form, combining chocolate waffles with cherries and whipped cream to create Black Forest Waffles.
(This post was sponsored by Whole Foods Market to share my holiday food memories for their #MyHolidayTradish campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I only work with brands I trust and love!)
Food has always played an important role in my life. After all, I am a food blogger.
But it goes beyond that. I’d say it’s pretty common for almost everyone to tie major events and great (or not so great) memories to meals. When you picture Thanksgiving or Christmas in your head, food is probably a large part of what you see.
As Christmas slowly creeps toward us, I wanted to share one of my favourite Christmas memories with you lovely folks: Christmas Eve, and more specifically, black forest cakes.
For as long as I remember, my mom’s side of the family has been getting together every Christmas Eve to catch up, eat food, watch a Christmas movie, eat more food, then perhaps drink some wine. If we’re meeting at my parents’ house, it’s usually finger foods and cheese platters, the perfect antithesis to a traditional sit-down dinner.
If we’re at my aunt’s house, it usually falls to my aunt or grandma to bring a scrumptious grocery store-bought cake. And every time that happens, I pray it’s a black forest cake.
Black forest cakes are magical. Thick slabs of chocolate cake, covered in creamy white frosting, cherry filling and broken chocolate curls calls my name every year. Luckily, this cake is a favourite among our family members and it is usually the cake of choice.
Those evenings at my aunt’s house are one of the only times every year I get to see all of my maternal family in one place. We’re laughing and telling insane work stories, popping appetizers in our mouths, and finally settling down in front of my aunt’s LED light-lit tree to open a few gifts before everyone leaves for the evening. Black forest cake is just the—sorry—cherry on top of the whole night.
Rather than make a black forest cake for this recipe, I wanted to pay homage to it while giving it a unique and modern spin. Thus, Black Forest Waffles.
These waffles start with a delicate, subtle chocolate waffle, all soft and squishy. If you’re like me and want to enjoy all the black forest flavour at once, spread or spray some whipped cream on top, followed by a healthy chunk of cherry pie filling, and finish with a drizzle of warm, melted milk chocolate.
While these delicious Black Forest Waffles may not be the stately cakes served on Christmas Eve with my family, they contain a reminder of all those years of joy and happiness spent with my family.
And that’s what counts. 🙂
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Total Cost = $2.31 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 large eggs, separated into yolks and whites
- 2 cups homemade buttermilk*
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Cherry pie filling
- Whipped cream (aerosol works great here)
- Drizzled chocolate, nuts or chocolate shavings (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Heat a waffle iron on your preferred browning setting; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined. Create a well in the middle of the mixture and add in egg yolks, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Mix until just incorporated; do not overmix.
- In a stand mixer or in a separate bowl using an electric beater on medium-high speed, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Slowly fold egg whites into batter until just combined.
- Pour batter into your preheated and sprayed waffle iron, cooking waffles in batches. Once each waffle is done, place in preheated oven on an oven-safe plate or sheet until all are cooked.
- Serve waffles with your choice of cherry pie filling, whipped cream and drizzled chocolate, nuts or chocolate shavings. To make a waffle sandwich, spread each filling on top of one waffle, then cover with another. Serve immediately.
Waffle recipe lightly adapted from Epicurious. Crumb Kitchen original concept.
2 cups all-purpose flour = $0.24
1/2 cup cocoa powder = $0.35
1/4 cup brown sugar = $0.11
2 tsp. baking powder = $0.07
1 tsp. baking soda = $0.02
1 tsp. salt = $0.02
3 large eggs, separated into yolks and whites = $0.45
2 cups homemade buttermilk = $0.80
1/2 cup vegetable oil = $0.18
1 tsp. vanilla extract = $0.07
Cherry pie filling
Whipped cream (aerosol works great here)
Drizzled chocolate, nuts or chocolate shavings (optional)
Why it’s Cheap
Waffle batter is insanely cheap to make at home and tastes so much more moist and fluffy than batter from a box. Clocking in at less than $3 before the cost for toppings, you have a Black Forest Waffle feast for your family for only a few dollars!
Make it More Budget-Friendly
Feel free to use homemade buttermilk like I did to avoid buying it in store and then never using it again. You can also use thawed Cool Whip if you don’t have an aerosol can. Skip the chocolate drizzle if it’s not your thing.
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