Butter Sunday ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

19 January 2012

Butter Sunday

buckwheat waffles and birch syrupWe had Inga and Dave over for brunch, and boy are my arms tired!!

Oh, wait.

Buckwheat waffles with maple and/or birch syrup
Scrambled eggs
Baguette pieces with butter and/or apricot jam
Salad greens with vinaigrette (for authentic Brooklyn-in-CA brunch)
Roasted fingerling potatoes with yellow onion

Yes, it was a very carbohydrate-intensive brunch, but that's ok! A good time was had by all.

birch syrupSo, since most of the other things on the menu are pretty intuitive, let's talk about this birch syrup. We had never heard of it before John's dad sent us a little jug from Alaska for Christmas.

In a lot of ways, birch syrup is like maple syrup--it's just derived from birch sap instead of maple sap. However, it's thinner, darker in color, and smells a bit like molasses. In the picture up top, there's birch syrup in the front left quadrant--check out how pale it makes the maple syrup look!

Clearly, a batch of buckwheat waffles was the perfect testing ground.

For the waffles, we switched up the standard Joy of Cooking recipe, subbing buckwheat flour for about a third of the original white flour. When you have a waffle iron, a jug of birch syrup (and one of maple), and people coming over for brunch, you have to make waffles, right? Right. We made waffles.

We made so many waffles that several of them got to make their temporary home in our freezer. This, in turn, means we can now have waffles and syrup for dessert on the slightest of impulse. Hooray!

buckwheat waffles and birch syrupBuckwheat waffles

1 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
a stick of butter, melted (8 tbsp, for those of you)
1 1/2 cups milk

This is super easy. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently until combined.

Cook 1/2 cup of batter at a time in a hot greased waffle iron. You'll know your waffles are done when they stop steaming. Pry them off the iron with a chopstick, flip them onto a plate, and eat them with butter, syrup, jam, fruit, or whatever else you like on your waffles.

Of course, if you don't want sweet stuff on your waffles, that's fine too. These contain little enough sugar that they can totally take a savory addition instead. For instance, juicy braised greens with hot sauce and crispy bacon would be an excellent plan.


Rebecca said...

HA. I had heard of birch syrup because of a video game and it hadn't occurred to me that it might be a real thing in the world.

The waffles look like an outstanding idea!

Eileen said...

Well, you have a leg up on me--I'd never heard of it at all, video games notwithstanding. I guess it doesn't help that practically the only video game at our house right now is League of Legends. :)

eatme_delicious said...

Delicious! It's been too long since I've made waffles. I've never tried birch syrup but have wanted to try birch beer (like rootbeer).

Eileen said...

I have never had birch beer! That sounds really interesting...Maybe this summer we should get a block of dry ice and a garbage can and have a root beer/birch beer/sarsparilla-making party!

Jes said...

Birch syrup, how cool is that?! Love the buckwheat waffles.... mmm rockin' brunch!