Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Samat Jain.
Cary, NC – Go out to dinner at one of Cary’s fantastic restaurants for Valentine’s Day. And don’t forget a dozen roses and a box of chocolates.
But to really start the day with a little help from Cupid, treat your Valentine with the unexpected. Maybe breakfast in bed, or a chocolaty surprise for the kids before they go off to school.
Begin the day dedicated to love with this breakfast menu that will have your Valentine sweet on you.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 Tbs butter, melted
- 1 Tbs butter, softened
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp milk
- Preheat waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa. Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and butter until mixture is smooth. Add chocolate chips.
- To make sweet sauce: stir together softened butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Sauce should be fairly stiff.
- Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot with sweet sauce.
Serve the waffles with fresh strawberries or try this raspberry compote.
- 3/4 lb raspberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- Combine all ingredients, except yogurt, in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Cover and simmer 5-7 minutes or until sauce is formed.
- Serve berries with a dollop of vanilla yogurt.
If your Valentine doesn’t mind a little sparkle in the morning, here is a sweet idea.
In a champagne glass, pour in a shot of raspberry liqueur, like Chambord. Top with champagne and garnish with a fresh raspberry or two.
This breakfast will be sure to lead to love and fill the rest of the day with romantic possibilities. XOXOXO