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Come Party With Me: Baby Shower — Dessert

After a rich, savory brunch have the young mother open up her gifts. While guests shower the lady of honor with baby toys, set up a small Belgian waffle bar. Place the batter in a pretty pitcher and plug in several waffle irons. Stack plates and arrange toppings — chocolate sauce, whipped cream, fresh berries, maple syrup, etc. — buffet style near the waffle irons. Once all the presents have been opened, invite everyone to Belgian waffles. For a more diverse spread, purchase dainty pastries from your favorite bakery. To see the waffle recipe I'll be using for Denise's baby shower,

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Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup whole milk
  6. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  7. 2 large eggs, separated
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  9. Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  10. Belgian Chocolate-Fudge Sauce (recipe below), for serving

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the flour with the salt. Whisk in the yeast mixture, milk, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold them into the batter and let stand for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 225°F.
  5. Heat and grease a waffle iron. Pour 1 1/4 cups of the batter into the iron and cook until the waffles are golden, 6 minutes. Transfer the waffles to the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Dust the waffles with confectioners’ sugar, drizzle with the Belgian Chocolate-Fudge Sauce and serve.

Makes 4 waffles.

Belgian Hot Fudge Sauce

1 cup heavy cream
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

  1. In a saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate.
  2. Let stand for 2 minutes, then stir until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Add the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until smooth.

Makes 2 cups.

Join The Conversation
EricaJane EricaJane 8 years
This is a great idea!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Hm. I don't know why this isn't part of the brunch itself. If I eat a "rich, savory brunch" I'm not going to have room for a filling dessert like a waffle!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Oh my. Yum!
kristints kristints 8 years
Those look so, so, so good!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I have never met a pregnant momma who wouldn't love belgium waffles! YUMMM!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
This is what my kids and I do every Sunday for brunch and we love it! No matter how busy our lives are, Sunday brunch is "our" time and everyone loves it.
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