A couple of weeks ago we had houseguests. One of them wanted to head out for Sunday brunch, but I was feeling entirely too lazy to put on real clothes and head out so the only logical thing to do was to stay in and make waffles. Luckily, I had buttermilk, Greek yogurt and fresh cherries in the fridge. Homemade buttermilk waffles with bourbon cherry sauce and honeyed yogurt and no Sunday brunch line-up equals win-win, in my books.
These guys are quick and easy to whip up, especially if you get everyone’s to hang out in the kitchen with you and nobody minds if the waffles come out one-by-one instead of all at once like they do at a restaurant. These waffles are fluffy, light and crispy, the yogurt tangy and sweet and the bourbon cherry syrup, well, let’s just say I ate more than my fair share of cherries. All in all, I’d say brunch at home was a success!
Buttermilk Waffle Recipe with Bourbon Cherry Sauce
Bourbon Cherry Syrup Recipe
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
- honey, to taste
Buttermilk Waffle Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 large egg
Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, bring the sugars, bourbon and water to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to medium-low, add the cherries and let the syrup bubble gently and reduce until a syrup-like consistency. When reduced to your liking, remove from heat and set aside. Gently reheat on low before serving.
Make the honeyed yogurt: In a small bowl, stir honey into yogurt to taste.
Make the waffles: In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt. In liquid measuring cup, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined. Let sit while you heat up your waffle iron.
Grease your waffle iron if needed and cook waffles according to waffle iron instructions or until the waffles are golden brown and crispy.
Serve waffles with honeyed yogurt and bourbon cherry syrup.