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Is it a brownie with tire tracks, or a waffle that took a wrong turn at breakfast and ended up on the dinner table? This festive dessert may have an identity problem, but you won't have any problem when you serve it to your family or guests -- they'll enjoy every chocolatey bite.
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled, or 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate mini-chips
In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, butter and vanilla, and beat until light, about 2 minutes. Blend in buttermilk, then flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Gently fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
Bake waffles in a preheated well-greased waffle iron until done (following directions for your own waffle iron). Serve with the ice cream of your choice and chocolate sauce (recipe follows). Waffles can be served immediately, or wrapped in plastic wrap and served the next day. Warm them in a toaster oven if you wish.
1/2 cup granulated sugar In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup and milk or half-and-half. Stir to blend. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and add butter and vanilla, stirring until butter melts. Cool to room temperature, then store in the refrigerator. Makes about 1 cup.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup half-and-half or evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Serve warm or at room temperature; this sauce reheats easily in a glass cup in your microwave.
This recipe reprinted from The Baking Sheet Newsletter, Vol. II, No. 6, May 1991 issue.