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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Recipe Review: Berry Wonuts with Lemon Glaze

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First off, some of you may be wondering what a wonut is. Well, I'll tell you. Just get ready for your mind to be blown and you salivary glands to start salivating.

A wonut is a combination of a doughnut and a waffle. So basically it's a deep-fried waffle. Can breakfast get any better than that!?!

The wonut originated in Chicago (of course) at Alex Hernandez's Waffle Cafe. His wonuts are deep-fried waffles with a circle cut out of the center (to look more like a doughnut) and then dipped in a sugar, marshmallow, maple, or chocolate glaze. You can then add all kinds of toppings, such as, granola, chocolate, or sprinkles. Pretty genius, huh?

The version I've found is slightly more simple than the kind mentioned above. It's basically just a waffle with blueberries and strawberries in it, then wrapped with sweet, but tangy lemon glaze. This creation is from Baked by Rachel. Now, keep in mind, this isn't exactly the healthiest recipe ever. However, it's good for special occasions, especially Mother's Day. I made this recipe for my mother along with some sausage for Mother's Day and I'd have to say it's some of my best work. :)

The waffles are light, crispy and actually not too heavy. The blueberries and strawberries add a nice burst of juicy flavor. With a crunchy exterior and fluffy interior there's really nothing to not like about these waffles. Not to mention, they feature one of the most amazing glazes I've ever had. This lemon glaze is made with just two ingredients. Powdered sugar and lemon juice. The combination is simply fantastic. I mean, really. I was in heaven.

Now, I realize that deep-frying will scare some people off. Don't be scared! I don't even have a deep-fryer but this recipe was still super easy. Admittedly, it does take some coordination. But I'm sure you could recruit another friend or family member to help you. ;) And deep-frying isn't even as unhealthy as people make it out to be. If done right, your waffles (or whatever you're deep-frying) will absorb none of the oil, it'll just be super crispy on the outside. Even if they do absorb the oil, if you use the right kind of fat, you'll be ingesting good oils!

So what's stopping you from making these waffles right now? ;)

1 batch waffles
1/2 c. strawberries, chopped
1/2 c. blueberries (I used frozen blueberries)
1 c. powdered sugar
1-2 T. lemon juice
Oil of choice for frying

1. Prepare your waffles according to directions. I used Wild Roots Ancient Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix. At this point you can start heating up your waffle maker.
2. Fold in your strawberries and blueberries.
3. Cook waffles according to instructions on packaging. During this time, heat up your oil (you'll need about 3-4 inches) in a heavy bottomed stock pot or deep-fryer until it reaches 350 degrees F. Make sure you maintain this heat throughout the entire time your deep-frying your waffles.
4. Deep-fry each waffle one minute per side or until golden brown and crispy. Place on a paper towel lined plate.
5. When your waffles are done frying, mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a pie pan. Add more lemon juice as needed until you get the proper consistency.
6. Coat each waffle in the lemon glaze. Set on a wire rack with a plate underneath to catch any dripping glaze.
7. Enjoy topped with whipped cream and more berries, if desired.

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