Fluffy Fig & Toasted Coconut Waffles

When friends come to town, fabulous brunch offerings are always in order. It’s great to have a handy recipe that is easy to scale up, and I ended up reaching for a trusty waffle recipe, that is easily customizable. While I kept it plain for my guests because everyone has different tastes (and there’s no limit to what you can pile on top!) I found myself yearning some fluffy fig waffles from a few weeks before, that I’m sharing now.

This recipe is a variation from The Joy of Cooking, my very first cookbook, and where I first learned to experiment with breakfast foods. Their pancake recipe was the first thing I ever made, but somehow they never turned out to be the fluffy puffy pillows that the recipe promised, and instead they were always thin and almost crepe-like. My Dad joked they were “Swede-ish  pancakes” because he loved actual Swedish pancakes a lot, and they quickly became my Dad’s favorite breakfast treat. It wasn’t until many years later I realized I had been misreading “tbsp” for “tsp” every single time I went to add the baking powder. No wonder they were always so flat!

I love how the Joy of Cooking encourages you to customize and tweak recipes, and their waffle recipe is no exception. It recommends anywhere from a quarter to two sticks of butter, with the latter promising to deliver the crispiest most delicious waffle ever. I couldn’t bring myself to use quite that much butter, and settled on a balance between butter and coconut oil for the perfect light crispiness.

When I noticed some gorgeous fresh figs calling to me at the market, I absolutely had to put them in something. I already had a coconut waffle planned (I’m just IN LOVE with all things coconut) so I thought, why not throw them in? Boy am I glad I did.

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I used two kinds of coconut for this recipe: lightly toasting some sweetened shredded coconut in the oven to include in the waffle itself, and using whole toasted coconut chips that I have been putting on everything lately, for topping.

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I found these coconut chips at Whole Foods, and I put them in everything from pancakes and waffles, to on top of my yogurt for breakfast in the mornings. The last time I stopped in at WF I couldn’t find these exact ones, so hopefully they haven’t discontinued them (OH TRAGEDY)! I will just have to keep stopping in…like I need another excuse to go!

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These waffles are super fluffy on the inside, with a crispiness that is totally adjustable and 100% delicious. Who needs to separate whites and yolks, and beat the crap out of them? I’ve never found that this makes a difference so noticeable that it justifies the extra work. While my mix-ins are fresh figs and toasted coconut, you can add anything that appeals: other fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, banana) or dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips…endless and delicious possibilities await!

Fluffy Fig & Toasted Coconut Waffles:

  • 1 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten and at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 6 oz fresh figs, roughly chopped (optional: save a few for topping)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted (Reserve 1/4 cup for topping)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup toasted coconut chips, for topping

Note: Joy of Cooking says you can use up to 1 cup of butter/oil (while here I used only 1/2 cup of both total) so feel free to increase the butter or oil if you don’t mind that, for the crispiness of dreams. With the ratio I use above, I like the balance of crispy to fluffy, but ultimately, it’s down to personal taste. As a scientist, I fully condone experimentation!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the shredded coconut on a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper and toast in the oven for 8 total minutes, checking in 4-5 minutes to stir. The coconut should become fragrant and start to lightly brown. The degree of browning can change drastically, so keep an eye!
  3. Mix all dry ingredients.
  4. Pre-heat your waffle iron: I prefer my waffles medium-dark.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients together, then add to the dry.
  6. Mix wet and dry ingredients, adding in the chopped fig and 1/2 cup of toasted shredded coconut. The batter will be thick, but should not contain too many lumps.
  7. I do not grease my waffle iron first, but if yours requires it, then use a non-stick spray.
  8. Add about 1 cup of batter to your iron, and cook waffle until desired level of golden brown.
  9. Remove to a cooling rack for 1-2 minutes, serve with warm syrup, topped with toasted coconut and/or fresh figs and coconut chips.
  10. Enjoy!

Serves 4 (I doubled this recipe for more people and it worked well!). Recipe modified from The Joy of Cooking Cookbook.

Up next: it’s both apple picking season and PSL time! I know that both apple and pumpkin will feature prominently in my next breakfast items, but as to what those will be…I’m not sure yet. Stay tuned!

Easy Lemon Rosemary Scones from scratch

I’ve been scone crazy lately. There’s something about a cold New England kitchen in the morning that’s perfect for cutting butter into flour, to achieve the perfect flaky pastry. Then there’s also something about a warm oven + just the pantry basics that puts to rights the end-of-week bareness that plagues my refrigerator.

Scones are a favorite of mine because (like pancakes, another weekend breakfast staple!) there are endless variations from a simple starting recipe, so it’s easy to incorporate what you have on hand. Recently, I had lemons and a variety of fresh herbs: a great combination! I tried growing my own herbs once…but let’s just say that didn’t go too well. Now I just buy them fresh and dry the the extra to save for later, works great! I was pretty happy with the lemon rosemary scones that emerged from

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These scones were unbelievably fluffy and delicious, with just the right hints of lemon and rosemary flavor. I sprinkled them with rosemary finishing salt for an extra salty touch, because I enjoying mixing sweet and salty flavors, but that’s certainly not for everyone. My husband scraped it off, and they were delicious anyway. I bet they’d be killer topped with turbinado sugar instead, or sprinkled with a lemon sugar glaze.

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These scones are super straightforward to make, I adapted this recipe from “Best Ever Scones” from Southern Living. They are a great pre-Superbowl snack before the serious eats come to play! A savory version would be delicious too, like bacon cheddar, or scallion!

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I ate mine with honey and lemon curd. Delicious!

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Easy Lemon Rosemary Scones from Scratch: 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 stick of unsalted cold butter, cubed (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup + 3 Tbsp light cream or milk of choice
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary

Directions: First, Preheat oven to 450 degrees, then:

  1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the cubed butter, and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to combine until the butter is finely incorporated and the mixture is grainy, the butter chunks should be about the size of peas.
  2. Zest the lemon into the dry mixture, add the finely chopped rosemary.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the juice of 1 lemon to 1 cup of cream. The cream should curdle and become thick, like yogurt. Add this to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined, a dough should form. Add the 2-3 tbsp of extra cream as needed, so the dough sticks together and you can form it into a ball.
  4. Transfer the ball of dough to a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Shape into roughly an 8-inch disc, cut into eighths, and brush with a little of the remaining cream mixture, then sprinkle with finishing salt.
  5. Bake at 450 degrees for 13-15 minutes, until golden brown.

I loved these so much, I made a variation using actual Greek yogurt instead of cream+ lemon, and adding a bunch of blueberries, here is the finished product drizzled with a sugary lime glaze. Pure heaven.

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Have a safe, delicious, and relaxing Superbowl Sunday everyone!