As we near Valentine’s Day, many people are preparing menus for a romantic dinner. For 99% of diners, or so it feels, a chocolate dessert is the ultimate way to end this meal. While I don’t fall into that category, I do respect that craving. So, with the goal of creating a recipe that focused on chocolate, yet was simple, I decided to make waffles.
Waffles? For dessert? Yes, they make a delightful dessert. Something nice and warm topped with cold ice cream makes for a wonderful combination of temperatures and textures. Although the waffles need to be made immediately before serving, the batter can be made earlier and stored in the refrigerator.
I tested this recipe on my high school senior; for this recipe she was glad to be my guinea pig. She gave the waffle sundae rave reviews. As I’m not a chocolate fan, I needed to be sure that the chocolate flavor was strong enough without overwhelming. She assured me that it was delicious as prepared.
When making this recipe at home, there are a couple items to consider. First, you can choose the toppings that please your diners best. So, whether you use vanilla, mint chocolate chip, or triple chocolate ice cream is your call. You also can maximize the chocolate, as I did, with hot fudge, or you could use strawberries or any other topping that you desire. Second, if you want to spoil that special someone, don’t wait for Valentine’s Day to make this recipe. Surprise them on Saturday, February 6th, which is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1-1/2 Tb. cocoa powder
- Shaved bittersweet chocolate*
- 2 Tb. butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- Ice cream
- Hot fudge (or other topping)
- Whipped cream
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a 4-cup measuring cup.
- Place butter in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted.
- Combine milk, melted butter, and egg and whisk well.
- Add liquids to dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
- Heat and cook in waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Transfer cooked waffle to serving plate.
- Top with ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream.*
- I added a nominal amount of bittersweet chocolate. This can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand.
- If making two waffles, wait to top the waffles until both are cooked, so the first doesn’t have overly melted ice cream at serving.