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Lemon-Blueberry Waffles Recipe

This recipe, from Lucky's Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio, is the best reason we can give you to get your ass out of bed in the morning.

by Lucky's Cafe
Dec 15 2017, 12:00am

Servings: 8
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

for the lemon curd:
½ cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
6 large egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup fresh lemon juice

for the blueberry compote:
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 cups fresh blueberries
Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

for the honeyed whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey
kosher salt

for the lemon waffles:
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ cups buttermilk, preferably higher-fat
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Cooking spray
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, for serving
fresh mint leaves and toasted sliced almonds for garnish


1. Make the lemon curd: Heat the oven to 325°F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the sour cream, salt, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk on medium-high speed until incorporated, about 1 minute. Reduce the speed to low, add the lemon juice, and beat until gradually incorporated. Pour the mixture into a 10-inch pie pan and bake until slightly thickened, 12 minutes. Place on a rack and cool completely. Press through a sieve into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours.

2. Make the compote: In a small (1-quart) heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the sugar and 1/3 cup water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the blueberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the berries begin to burst, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest.

3. Make the honeyed whipped cream: Chill the bowl of an electric stand mixer for 20 minutes. Fit the bowl with the whisk attachment and beat the cream, honey, and salt on low speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and whip until ribbons form, 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium high and whip until stiff peaks form, 30 seconds. Transfer to a serving bowl and set aside. Cover and chill until serving.

4. Make the waffles: Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the buttermilk, honey, sugar, vanilla, and eggs on low speed until blended, about 1 minute. Add the butter, lemon juice, and zest and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Replace the whisk with the paddle attachment, add the dry ingredients, and mix just until incorporated, about 30 seconds.

5. Preheat a waffle iron and coat lightly with cooking spray. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter into the waffle iron, spreading to evenly distribute the batter. Close the lid and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions, until the waffle is lightly browned and crisp. Repeat with the remaining batter, brushing the finished waffles with the melted butter. Serve the waffles topped with the blueberry compote, honeyed whipped cream, and lemon curd. Garnish with mint.

Reprinted from AMERICA'S BEST BREAKFASTS by Lee Schrager and Adeena Sussman. Copyright ©2016 by Lee Brian Schrager. Photos by Evan Sung. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC