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Light, fluffy and perfectly crisp around the edges, these Easy Crispy Waffles with Blood Orange Glaze are delicious for breakfast, brunch, dinner, or even dessert and make the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch surprise!
I often say that Mother’s Day means more to me than my birthday. Of course, this change of heart didn’t take place until I became a mom myself, but nevertheless, the change happened. Why? Well, I can’t say for sure. But, perhaps it’s because when you become a mother, you are forced to see life beyond yourself.
Speaking for myself, however, the day my son was born my whole world changed. Everything I once thought important, wasn’t so important anymore. But mostly, motherhood has shown me the fiercest love, wildest emotions, and changes in myself I didn’t know possible.
I remember when I was little my sister, brother and I would love to make our mom breakfast in bed. My sister is five years older than me and my brother is five years younger than me. After my parents divorced when I was five, surprise breakfast in bed for our mom became a frequent weekend activity put together by my siblings and me. Our skills in the kitchen were limited, so I remember we would serve a tray filled with all the sugary packaged breakfast food and frozen waffles we could find. Always with a glass of milk and fresh flower from our backyard.
Now that I think about it, I have no idea what we did with my brother during this time. I mean, the kid was no older than 3 or 4. How did we keep him quiet? Actually, we probably didn’t, I’m sure my mom knew exactly what we were doing.
Moms know everything…
So, with all that said, let’s celebrate all those wonderful moms out there!
I have now celebrated Mother’s Day thirty-one times. Each time in celebration of my own mother, and four times as a mother myself. Every person has a different expectation for Mother’s Day, but when I think of this special day I think of three things- family, brunch, and a Mother’s Day card.
(are you reading this, husband?)
Unless someone really wants to buy me a gift, all I care about is the long-lasting treasure of a Mother’s Day card (with something nice written or scribbled inside) and brunch with my favorite people.
Here’s the thing, you guys, no one writes anymore. NO ONE! (I’m the worst)
Everything is typed on the computer or via text message these days and it’s just not the same. Cards, on the other hand, cards are special. Cards not only tell someone that you care, but it allows that person to take that love and keep it forever (because I guarantee that I will keep that card you just gave me).
For those new to the idea of giving a card, or if you haven’t given mom a card in a while, there’s no better time than the present.
MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 13TH, 2018
You’re welcome. Now you can’t forget.
Anyway, this Mother’s Day I highly recommend picking up a card or two for your mom, your wife, your grandmother, or even your sister who just became a new mom (that’s a personal reminder. whoops) from your favorite Target store.
I can’t speak for all Target locations, but my Target has the card section right next to the party supply section across from the cleaning supplies. Basically, a section I frequent every single time I go to Target.
Actually, jk, I shop the whole entire store, top to bottom, every time I go to Target, but that’s a story for a different day.Target has a card for everyone and for every occasion. So, if you’d rather not be cliche about the whole Mother’s Day thing, there’s probably a simple “Hey, you’re pretty awesome” card, too.
Don’t forget to check out the Target App for a Cartwheel offer on Mother’s Day greeting cards between 4/29 – 5/13.
So now that you’re ready to bring mom to tears with a beautiful card and your awesome face, it’s time to feed her.
Yes, I know it may seem shocking, but sometimes us moms like to have food made for us.
My personal favorite special occasion breakfast or brunch is ALWAYS crispy waffles. Ok, or french toast, but mostly WAFFLES. You guys, I just love waffles. I love all waffles, but on Mother’s Day, I want the buttery soft ones with crispy edges. Now, anyone can take their mom out to brunch, but can everyone make their mom brunch?
Yes. The answer is YES!
I promise, there is nothing scary about these amazing crispy waffles. The ingredients are simple and there is even a video for you guys to watch just in case you need a little visual help (don’t worry, I’m a total visual learner). The blood orange glaze with the fresh oranges and whipped cream makes them EXTRA SPECIAL and even reminds me of a cross between a donut and a cake.
Basically, the most amazing brunch ever!
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EASY CRISPY WAFFLES WITH BLOOD ORANGE GLAZE
FOR THE BLOOD ORANGE GLAZE
- 3 tbsp fresh blood orange juice
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more as needed
FOR THE BLOOD ORANGE GLAZE
- In a small bowl whisk together the blood orange juice with 1/2 cup powdered sugar until smooth. If the glaze is too runny add additional powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Set aside.
FOR THE WAFFLES
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, first whisk together the dry ingredients- the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, whole milk, and vegetable oil. Beat in the egg yolk. Set aside.
- Add the separated egg white to a separate bowl and use a hand mixer to beat the egg white into soft, fluffy, peaks (approximately 3 minutes). Add the sugar to the egg white and continue to beat until egg white becomes firm and glossy. Beat in the vanilla. Set aside.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently mix until just incorporated. Add the beaten egg white to the wet ingredients and use a rubber spatula to gently fold everything together. Mix just until incorporated.
- Preheat a waffle maker (square or round) and lightly oil with nonstick cooking spray. Pour approximately 1 cup of the batter into the center of the waffle iron and close the lid. Cook until inside is fully cooked and outside is golden and crispy (approximately 3-4 minutes). Transfer waffles to rack in preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat.
- Top waffles with blood orange glaze, fresh sliced oranges, and whipped cream, if desired.