Lately our family has become a little obsessed with sprinkles. I haven’t quite hit the add sprinkles to the broccoli phase yet but basically I have been adding sprinkles to lots of foods lately and my children could not be more thrilled. Sprinkles on yogurt? Yup! Sprinkles on smoothies? Done and done. Sprinkles on cereal? Why not! Sprinkles on fruit? You betcha. Sprinkles on toast? Who wants seconds?
Sprinkles are so simple and they make everything seem so cheerful and festive right? Plus kids (or mine at least) absolutely adore sprinkles on anything and everything. So why keep them in the cupboard waiting for a cupcake to come along and dust them off and make summer a bit more fun.
I was trying to come up with a fun breakfast for my little baby girl’s 8th birthday and immediately though waffles. We don’t make them often and everyone loves waffles right? Especially when served with bacon. So as I was whipping up the breakfast waffles I decided to add some sprinkles in and it was a huge hit. I did experiment with different types of sprinkles, different recipes, using funfetti cake mix and so on and the simple recipe below was the winner. The waffles are fluffy and light and not overly sweet. Perfect for drizzling pure maple syrup or have at it with a little whipped cream and fresh fruit! You turn 8 once in a lifetime right? Let’s do this.
PS: I know many of you have children just getting out of school or close to the last day of school and this would be a perfect breakfast to kick off summer vaca.
To make these waffles, you can use the recipe of your choice. I like buttermilk waffles and have found a basic recipe from Alton Brown that I tweaked a bit and I get nice, consistently good waffles.
Next up is the sprinkle situation. I am still on a hunt for sprinkles that don’t bleed. Incredibly annoying! I found that jimmies (these longer sprinkles) seem to work better than the tiny nonpareils. Again, we are talking sprinkles here so just use what you have. It will still be pretty!
I did try to add the sprinkles into the batter directly and gently stir but the bleeding was annoying to me and by the time I got to the bottom of the batter for the last waffle, things were messy. So now I add the sprinkles to the batter immediately after placing on the waffle iron and I got much better results. Note the sprinkles won’t be visible on the bottom of the waffle but you will see them on the sides and top.
Here is the recipes:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
- 16 oz buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add eggs to a bowl and butter to a bowl and whisk together.
- Add buttermilk and vanilla, stir to incorporate and set aside.
- In a second bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk until incorporated.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. (Careful not to overmix the batter).
- Set aside mixture for 5 minutes to rest.
- Heat waffle maker according to directions and spray with cooking spray.
- Ladle the mixture into the waffle maker, using the back side of a spoon to evenly distribute.
- Quickly add sprinkles all over the waffle, close waffle maker and flip to cook.
- Remove according to wafflemaker instructions.
- Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup, butter or whipped cream.
I hope you enjoy these waffles! I bet the kids love them.
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