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Hazelnuts add texture flavor waffles which can be made ahead kept warm or even frozen then re-heated. | Scott Keeler~SHNS

Hazelnuts add texture and flavor to waffles, which can be made ahead and kept warm or even frozen, then re-heated. | Scott Keeler~SHNS

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Updated: January 1, 2012 8:06AM

Balthazar is a popular bistro in New York, and this is one of its favorite brunch dishes. If you don’t have whole wheat flour on hand, increase the amount of all-purpose flour. Make the sauce first and keep it warm while you make the waffles, which you can keep warm in a low oven, or even freeze and reheat.



6 cups berries, divided (use a blend of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries or a frozen bagged mix)

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

3 cups flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 large eggs


1/2 cups whole milk

1 cup sour cream

1 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

To make berry coulis: Place half the berries in medium saucepan. Add sugar and lemon juice and macerate for 30 minutes or until juices are released. Bring berry mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until berries are soft, about 10 minutes. Strain mixture through fine mesh strainer into medium bowl, pressing on solids to release as much juice as possible. Discard solids in strainer. Return puree to saucepan. Add remaining berries to saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Keep warm on very low heat while you make waffles.

To make waffles: Melt butter with honey in small saucepan over low heat. In large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and sour cream. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Add honey-butter mixture and hazelnuts and combine.

Cook in preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.

Serve waffles warm, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and warm berry coulis (or butter and maple syrup).

Nutrition facts per serving: 845 calories, 41 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, 169 mg cholesterol, 107 g carbohydrates, 45 g sugars, 18 g protein, 304 mg sodium, 8 g fiber

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