Nutella Banana Blitz Waffle Recipe
From PUMPKIN SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life, my ninth Scholastic foodie book, was published just last week! My newest book is all about crisp fall days and crushes as sweet as a pumpkin spice latte!
You can order it from your favorite local bookstore or right here, from Indiebound.
You can sample a “taste” of chapter one below, plus print out a book discussion guide for a book club with your BFFs.
Here’s a sneak peak at chapter one, read aloud by yours truly:
Here is a reader’s discussion guide so that you can talk about the book with friends and family!
Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life discussion questions
Even better, here’s a recipe for Nutella Banana Blitz Waffles from the book.
Nutella Banana Blitz Waffle
You’ll need: a waffle iron, cling wrap, measuring spoons and cups, parchment paper, large mixing bowl, a liquid measuring cup, and a baking sheet. NOTE: Anytime you’re using a stove, oven, or griddle, a parent should help you. Griddles and waffle irons get VERY hot, so use extreme caution and never touch a griddle with bare hands.
2 ½ instant dry yeast
1 cup whole milk, lukewarm (slightly warm to touch)
2 ½ sticks butter, softened
4 cups flour
6 tbsp. light brown sugar3 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
In a large mixing bowl, whisk 2 ½ teaspoons of instant dry yeast with 1 cup of lukewarm milk. Let the milk/yeast mixture sit at room temperature for five minutes.
Add in eggs, flour, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
Knead with your hands or mix with a spoon until a sticky dough forms.
Add in the softened butter and knead until just combined. (Note: This may seem like a lot of butter and it will make the dough very slick. Don’t worry! The butter makes the waffles extra delicious!)
Set the ball of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cover securely with plastic wrap.
Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for three hours. Once the dough has risen, knead in the pearl sugar (Note: Pearl sugar is small, pearl-sized balls of sugar.
If you have trouble finding it at your local grocery store, you can order it online from Amazon.com or from specialty baking stores. The more pearl sugar you add to the batter, the sweeter your waffles will be. You can experiment with the amount until you’re happy with the overall taste.). Then divide the dough into 10 balls. Cover the balls with plastic wrap again and allow to rise for an additional fifteen minutes.
Heat your waffle iron (if the waffle iron has a heat setting, you want it on medium to high). When your waffle iron is ready, place a ball of dough at its center and close the lid.
Cook the dough for approximately 2–3 minutes, depending on your waffle iron, until the waffle is golden brown.
Carefully and with the help of a parent, remove the waffle from the iron and set on a plate. Continue the process until you’ve used up all the dough. You’ll have enough dough for eight to ten waffles.
Top the waffle with one sliced banana, a generous drizzle of Nutella, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a heaping mound of whipped cream. YUM!
To pair this waffle with one of the Snug Mug’s fall-tastic drinks, check out these recipes:
Cracklin’ Campfire Cappuccino Recipe
Be sure to check out the other Scholastic foodie books as well!