In this brunch dish, bananas work hand-in-hand with poppyseeds to take waffles from “ho-hum breakfast cake” to “magical culinary sorcery.”
Truthfully, the bananas, poppyseeds and whole wheat flour up the ante on the waffle batter, but, at the end of the day, the waffles are just a vessel for this syrup. This brown sugar syrup is downright life-affirming. I thought that Earl Grey syrup from a while back was good, this is even better.
Let it flow freely into all the nooks and crannies of your waffles, or just pour it directly down your gullet. No one will fault you for it.
I call the above photo, “Banana In Repose.” I like to ensure my bananas are relaxed and ripe before use. In this case, you’ll want one banana that is extremely ripe to mash into the batter and another two or three that are perfectly ripe, as pictured above, to slice up for toppings.
A mountain of fresh berries really help to balance it all out. I strongly encourage pairing this dish with a mimosa and a cup of jo from your favourite local coffee shop. If you’re wondering about the near fluorescent colour of the mimosa pictured here, I can assure you it is a real mimosa. My friend Erin, starring as today’s hand model, brought over bubbly and a freshly pressed Super C juice from Raw Pulp & Grind for our fancy lady brunch.
I think this dish would be a great option for Mother’s Day brunch which is coming up on May 13th. Since I’ve offered you this solution for the question of brunch, I’m going to suggest you refocus your creative energies to coming up with a gift idea that doesn’t involve a scarf. If you’re looking for a cute card to celebrate her with, I have had a lot of luck at JV Studios and The Gifted Type.
Whether you’re planning to make this for Mother’s Day brunch or just breakfast for dinner, make sure you save any remaining syrup in the fridge and I’ll help you put it to good use in a Tiki cocktail. Stay tuned for that recipe later this week!
Bananas, whole wheat flour and poppyseeds deliver a serious upgrade to your average waffles. The brown sugar syrup takes things to an entirely other level. These Banana Waffles with Brown Sugar Syrup are perfect for Mother's Day brunch or breakfast for dinner.
Measure granulated sugar into a large heavy-bottom saucepan. Pour in ¼ cup water. Do not stir. Measure out in a separate bowl remaining cup water and stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Set aside near the stove unit you will be using.
Recipe from: Bentz-Crowley, Marilyn. "Whole Wheat Banana Waffles with Brown Sugar Syrup." Food & Drink. Spring 2008.