Almond Buttermilk Waffles

Waffles! Today I’m sharing a recipe for these delicious almond buttermilk waffles.

But first, I’d like to tell you about Daisy. Bear with me.

We have a new addition in the house. She’s furry, she’s sweet, she’s naughty and she’s adorable. Her name is Daisy.

She’s my most recent example of “never say never.” I thought I’d never, ever, ever get another puppy. There are plenty of adult dogs at shelters that need homes, after all, and frankly, puppies are an insane amount of work.

Then we rounded the corner at the shelter, and there she was. A six-month-old Golden Retriever, huddled and shivering against the wall.

And that was pretty much that.

She’s a troubled little puppy who at worst has been abused, and at best just simply hasn’t had much socialization in her little life. So she’s incredibly afraid of people and nearly everything else. But she’s improving a little every day. And, for the most part, she’s grabbed puppy-hood by the horns, running us a little ragged in the process.

But it’s all good.

This little whippersnapper, though, is why I was up at 6 a.m. this morning, and after catering to her every whim, is why I started thinking about these waffles – the recipe for which I am now ready to share with you.

This almond waffles recipe is a little different, but in a good way. Super buttery and deliciously golden, the almond flour and extract add sweet, subtle nutty flavor while the toasted almonds on top give it nice satisfying crunch.

I can definitely recommend these waffles. Puppies, on the other hand … well. At least they’re cute.


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Almond Buttermilk Waffles

Yield: About eight waffles, depending on your waffle maker

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

  1. Spread the sliced almonds on a cookie sheet, and toast 325 degrees for about 5 minutes, stirring once, until they begin to get golden. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and almond extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and give it a few quick whisks just until it’s all incorporated.
  5. Heat your waffle iron and brush with a little vegetable oil. Pour batter into the waffle iron according to the instructions for your particular iron. Ours takes just under a half cup of batter per waffle.
  6. Cook for a shorter time for softer waffles, longer if you like waffles with a nice little crunch.
  7. Top with butter and maple syrup and sprinkled with a few roasted, sliced almonds. And enjoy!

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14 Responses to “Almond Buttermilk Waffles”

  1. Brittney Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    Yummy! Where do you buy almond flour? PCC or Whole Foods is my guess.

    And yeah, puppies are at least cute when they are naughty.;-)

    Reply from Kare:

    Hey Brittney! Definitely PCC, Whole Foods or Central Market will have almond flour. I actually also find it at my local Haggen grocery store in the organic section – Bob’s Red Mill.

  2. Peggy Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM #

    What a cute addition to the family! She’s adorable!

    And these waffles sound extra special and delicious!

    Reply from Kare:

    Thanks, Peggy – we think so too, even at 6 in the morning. :)

  3. Jennifer Jo Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:20 AM #

    Is almond flour just ground almonds?

    Reply from Kare:

    Jennifer Jo, yep! Blanched then ground fine.

  4. sarah Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:40 PM #

    Daisy is perfect…and so are your waffles! My family adopted a lab puppy who was a giant work in progress at the time but he turned out to be the sweetest dog I have ever known. Hang in there!

    Reply from Kare:

    Thank you! With her floppy antics, she is certainly keeping us laughing even as we pull our hair out. We’re sure she’s going to be an awesome dog … thank you for the encouraging anecdote!

  5. Mindy Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:13 AM #

    Kare, I really, really love your posts! Especially this one. I was hooked from the photo and the waffles sound amazing, and then to read about Daisy, well, my heart went out. I have three cats. I was originally only going to get two, and came home with two kittens. Never having had pets before I didn’t realize that older animals don’t get adopted quickly, so I went back a month and a half later to give an older cat a home. It became pretty clear that Snowflake was abused before I got her too, and it’s been a true joy to help her open up. I’ve had them all five years now, and finally within the last year Snowflake is realizing that anyone I let into the house is safe (she used to hide whenever anyone new came over, then slowly started staying around but keeping her distance, and now she’s finally warming up to some visitors once in a while). It has been heartwarming to see her open up.

    Reply from Kare:

    Aww, thank you Mindy, both for your nice words and your wonderful story. What a lucky cat Snowflake is – and your other two as well. Give her a love for me, please!

  6. Mikaela Cowles Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    It’s such a wonderful thing to give a dog a good home and when she inspires food like this, I’d have to say it’s an even better thing. I hope you are getting to sleep more soon. Amazing how a getting a puppy is a lot like getting a baby, isn’t it?

  7. Kita Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 3:49 PM #

    Oh goodness – did this post just strike home. We dog sat last week a 90 lb rotty who lives a good life now but had a rough start and she’s only two. She shuddered every time you moved. It was so painful to watch. When her owner picked her up he was so happy to see how far she had come in just one week with social skills and acting around people. I didn’t realize how heartbroken I would be when she left though. Her timid demeanor very quickly quickly got me so attached. I know she has a great home and everything but oh am I a sad panda.

    These waffles do look absolutely beautiful. Our dog-sitting pup had me up every day last week at 5:30. Never knew how much cooking I could get done so early in the morning.

    Reply from Kare:

    Kita, you sound like the best pet-sitter ever! :) That’s wonderful she made such great progress with you. Yes, it’s amazing how much more time there is in the day when you have a pup who’s woofing at sunrise!

  8. Paula @ Cookware Cooking Friday, June 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM #

    Golden Retriever puppy AND Almond Buttermilk Waffles. You have warmed my heart (and tummy)!