Mother’s Day is best commenced with a big, hearty breakfast made just for mom (service in bed is optional!), with a lovely mix of sweet and savory items. Perhaps a Spanish-style frittata is at the center of the table, flanked by a steaming pot of coffee and a pitcher of mimosas. For the sweet side of things, try out these tasty waffles accented with a fluffy dollop of lemon scented whipped ricotta, and a few fresh berries on top for good measure. Waffles do take a bit more effort than pancakes, but they feel so much more special, with their light, airy interiors and crispy exteriors. Plus, they’re perfect for adults and children alike, which is ideal for Mother’s Day – the last thing mom should have to worry about at her special brunch is convincing the littles to clean their plates.
Waffles with Whipped Lemon Ricotta Spread
Recipe by Rebecca Gallop
Total Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Active Cooking Time: 12 minutes
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter (about 12 tablespoons), melted
- 4 cups milk
- 5 eggs
- 2 ½ cups homemade oat flour
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
Whipped Lemon Ricotta
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened and brought to room temperature
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Lemon zest for garnish (optional)
- Waffle Maker
In a blender or food processor, blend oats until coarse like cornmeal. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together butter, milk and eggs. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Let the batter set up for at least 15 minutes.
Spray preheated waffle maker with non-stick cooking spray or lightly coat with melted butter. Scoop the batter onto waffle maker in ¼-cup batches and cook according to its directions or until golden brown and crisp. Makes about 10 waffles.
To make the whipped lemon ricotta, whip together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Add more sweetener if you prefer a sweeter spread. Serve with waffles and berries and garnish with grated lemon zest (optional).