Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How 'Bout Them BUCKEYES!

So with the holidays and the incredible excitement of THE Ohio State University's NCAA Football Playoff birth I have been rather delinquent in my blogging, sorry!  But in the new year I'm destined for change (hopefully)! 

First I have to share some photos from our game watch last night: one of our great tailgate crew and one of the delicious duck our hosts roasted for us!

Tailgate Team Selfie

Yummm that's one pretty bird!  Excellent job Chef Bill!

To celebrate the Buckeyes not only trouncing the highly lauded SEC powerhouse Alabama in the Sugar Bowl then roasting the Oregon Ducks for the Championship, I decided to make a breakfast of champions for me and my beau.  The flavors of Buckeye candies (peanut butter and chocolate) came to mind so I set out to make a Buckeye Waffle that would make this great state of OHIO proud!  (Too much Urban Meyer quoting?  Sorry, not sorry)  But since we overindulged a bit last night while game watching and are trying to watch our diet I made a couple modifications (whole wheat flour and skim milk mainly).

Buckeye Waffle  
(Makes 6 waffles)
- 1 c. milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 c. plus 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter (probably could have used more)
- 1/2 c. AP flour
- 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips (use more or less to your liking)
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted (for greasing waffle iron)

- Mix together milk, egg, vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
- In a separate bowl mix together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Pour wet ingredients in with the dry, mix together until just combined.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Heat then grease waffle iron with melted butter (the chocolate chips can get a little sticky) or use your preferred cooking spray.
- Pour in waffle mixture and let the waffle iron work it's magic.
- Cook to desired golden brownishness and enjoy!
- Humming Hang On Sloopy, Carmen Ohio or chanting O-H are all acceptable forms of enjoying this spirited breakfast item!

These were really tastey, the chocolate can overpower so the batter could stand to have more peanut butter in it or less chocolate, depends on preference.  With the taste of the chocolate and peanut butter as dominant flavors you could probably use all whole wheat flour instead of mixing whole wheat and AP. 

For the leftovers I just wrapped them in wax paper then put them in a freezer bag in the freezer.  They can be taken out and toasted or zapped in the microwave, in the oven or toaster in the future.

So so soooo much more to come like a catch up from the holidays, the Golden Globes fashion review, some great new shoes and 614 Restaurant Week!

Happy Tuesday and Go Bucks!


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