When life gives you lemons (and oranges)...
...Make Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Sourdough Waffles with a Blood Orange Caramel Sauce.
Sometimes I'm inspired by a dish I've eaten or seen in a book or magazine; other times, I find inspiration in a lone ingredient. Today, I wanted to showcase citrus, the blood orange in particular, because, well, they're really cool looking, taste great, and in season at the moment.
Visually, blood oranges are striking, inside and out, though their inner beauty far surpasses their outer skin (and it's what's on the inside that really counts). Their bright reddish flesh is Mother Nature's way of shouting to get our attention. Citrus, in general, brings a little sunshine on a gloomy winter's day (along with my kitchen chairs, which I recently decided to paint bright yellow).
The waffles are Meyer lemon, poppy seed, sourdough, adapted from King Arthur. The recipe calls for an overnight sponge. I swapped spelt flour for some all-purpose flour, coconut oil for the vegetable oil/butter, pure maple syrup for the sugar, and added Meyer lemon juice, the zest, and poppy seeds to the final batter.
All topped with a drizzle of yogurt, a blood orange-caramel sauce, and some sectioned blood orange.
I was afraid the waffles would be too dense with the addition of the spelt, but they're nice and light and fluffy. I might try all spelt the next go around. Thinking chocolate sourdough waffles (Chocolate for breakfast, why not?).
Something a bit out of the ordinary, at least for me, as I tend to go the savory route. Although, I've been tossing around the idea for a savory blood orange sauce. Hmm??
Make the waffles in advance and freeze them. Thereafter, just pop in the toaster to reheat...
Enjoy with a glass of freshly juiced blood orange...