Saturday, May 30, 2015

Martha & Me - May



This month, I tried two recipes from the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, Buttermilk Oat Waffles and Bruleed Grapefruit (you can click on both links to see the recipes on Martha's site). Both recipes were part of a really delicious-looking Mother's Day brunch spread, but I made them for dinner on a dark and rainy Friday night a couple of weeks ago (we're big fans of breakfast for dinner around here). There were numerous other foods in the spread but it was bit too much for me to take on for one meal. I did make some breakfast sausages to go with the waffles and grapefruit; breakfast sausages never go amiss at my house.


The dry ingredients include both flour and quick-cooking oats, which made the recipe seem like it would be quite hearty. I used powdered buttermilk, reconstituted with water, plus the whole stick of melted butter called for in the recipe. I'm sure this is the most decadent waffle recipe I've ever tried.


Maybe the most labor-intensive too. The recipe calls for egg whites beaten to stiff peaks. I could have done this in my stand mixer, but because this is a self-improvement project, I chose to beat the egg whites by hand with a whisk. Yikes. I beat and beat and beat, and only twenty minutes later, I had what I think were stiff-enough egg whites. I wasn't sure, and my arm was hurting, so I stopped. I was proud of myself, though; it was hard work but I'd never tried it before and I achieved the basic effect with them. Go me!



The egg whites get folded into the batter, making it very fluffy and almost marshmallow-like in consistency. I really liked the way it spooned up. It seemed especially light for a batter containing oatmeal. I filled the waffle iron for the first batch and noticed that the batter started cooking almost immediately, maybe because it was so light and air-filled. The waffles smelled sweet as they cooked (there's a fair amount of brown sugar and vanilla extract in the recipe). Everyone flocked to the kitchen at this point.


The waffles were so beautiful when they were finished cooking! They browned really nicely. These waffles were less crisp than the ones I make with my normal recipe; I wonder if this could be improved by making the buttermilk more concentrated.


The recipe suggested keeping finished waffles warm in the oven while subsequent batches cooked. I'd never tried this before, believe it or not. It's a great idea, and the waffles got a little more crisp in the very low (200 degree) oven. I'll definitely do that again.



While the waffles were cooking, I attended to the bruleed grapefruit portion of the meal. I used two big ruby red grapefruits, a half for each of us. I'd never tried broiling a grapefruit, or any fruit, before, so I was excited to try these. I put them into an old pan because I wasn't sure what would happen when cooking grapefruit, what with the acidity of it. I used regular light brown sugar instead of the turbinado sugar called for in the recipe; light brown is what I had on hand. The grapefruit were really fast and easy to do and they too smelled wonderful as they cooked.


The waffles were very good - light and tender and very tasty - but the grapefruit was fantastic! I loved it. We all did. We like ruby red grapefruit plain but this recipe took it to a whole new level. I wished I had a glass of that juice. Oh my goodness. I'm getting requests for the grapefruit on a daily basis. We loved this meal; it was delicious and I'll definitely make both recipes again soon!

31 comments:

  1. What a delicious looking brunch, my mouth is watering!

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  2. Oh my - sounds delicious - but I think if I would have this for breakfast regularly, I would need to take a subscription to a gym to burn off all those calories...
    Good idea to beat the eggwhites "by hand" !! You had serious exercise so you more than earned your waffles :-) !!!

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  3. Looks delicious, I have never attempted to make waffles before. Well done on doing the egg whites by hand, I am afraid I would have used the mixer.

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  4. Hey Jennifer,
    I make waffles a lot. The boys love them. I also cook them a breakfast for tea at least once a week. It's a hearty filling meal, and they do like their bacon and eggs! I am definitely going to have a go at the grapefruit.
    Leanne xx

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  5. Well it all looks delicious but doesn't it make it all the more worthwhile when you discover something the whole family really enjoys.

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  6. The grapefruit does look lovely!
    We do a full English for evening meal sometimes, but I never think of making the sweeter parts of breakfast.... mind you, with a full English we never do the sweet parts at breakfast either; I think that's very American tastes.
    That said, I'd love to give the grapefruit a go as dessert. Would it work with ice cream?

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  7. They both sound so delicious and look lovely. You mention making breakfast sausage, I'm rather intrigued as to what they are? In the UK we just buy a pack of sausages, you know the type, like a fat finger with a skin on! I always find the differences between us and the US fascinating :-)

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  8. This all sounds and looks totally delicious. I am oat intolerant but could think of making regular waffles for me and trying the rest of the family on the recipe. The grapefruit I bet was beautifully succulent. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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  9. Yum! Just made out my supermarket list for this week ... must remember to add grapefruit to it! xx

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  10. Scrumptious. What a lovely meal. I love the waffle iron, you don't see them here very much but waffles sound really delicious, and well worth all the trouble. I really like the idea of breakfast for dinner as well. CJ xx

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  11. It all looks very tasty, Jennifer! :o)

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  12. Breakfast in the USA is such a decadent meal. I remember when I first travelled to the States on business in the 1980s ordering muffins for breakfast expecting a stodgy Engkish muffin and being surprised and quite pleased to be given a delicious blueberry muffin cake. Red grapefruit is my weekend breakfast treat, I love them. I wonder what you used to whisk your egg whites? Here in the UK we have balloon whisks which do the job quite well but if I'm feeling lazy (most of the time nowadays) I use my hand held electric whisk which probably takes a similar time to the balloon whisk but with far less effort.

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  13. Oh my!!!! They both look absolutely divine! Those waffles!!! And the grapefruits! I have never tried grapefruits like that before but they look so delicious and I can only imagine how wonderful it smelled! A job well done my friend! Here is to a lovely weekend! Nicole xo

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  14. we just finished breakfast-for-dinner! And believe me, I'm glad hubby didn't see your post. He wouldn't have been nearly as satisfied with what I put on the table!!! :) Look really really yummy!!!

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  15. We love breakfast for dinner at our house! The waffles look delicious - very light and fluffy. And I've have never tried grapefruit like this before, but it looks delicious! Hope you are having a very lovely weekend!

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  16. Both these look wonderful. My mum used to serve grapefruits like that - I must try it again. As you say - delicious! :) x

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  17. My mum used to do grapefruit like this when I was a kid - it was a weekend starter treat! Haven't had it in years. We, too, love breakfast for dinner occasionally. But I've never made waffles. All sounds delicious. Sam x

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  18. yum, I like the idea of the oats in the waffles. must try that. my mum used to broil (except we call it grilling in England) grapefruits like that, but only normal ones, I don't ever remember ruby grapefruits as a child x

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  19. Those waffles look amazing Jennifer! I think this sounds like such a homely and hearty meal for a rainy night! I can imagine how delicious your kitchen smelled with all that sugar and vanilla cooking,mmm, lovely! X

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  20. All looka really good indeed!

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  21. that looks absolutely delicious, I love home-made waffles! Clever you!

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  22. We're not really waffle eaters here - they're not as much of a thing in the UK - but those grapefruit, oh my goodness, yum!

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  23. I haven't used my waffle iron for ages. Must rectify that, we all love them. It is a bit labour intensive for quick meal. I do love the grapefruit, I have never eaten them warm but it does sound so so good. xx

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  24. It looks yummy, Jennifer! I'm very intrigued by the grapefruit. I also love that you have an old cooking pan. I do too, and use it for things I think might be hard to clean.

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  25. Both dishes look so delicious. I love breakfast for dinner but we hardly ever have it...must have it soon.
    Marianne x

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  26. Ooh, broiled grapefruit is a great idea! The waffles look lovely - we like oatmeal waffles here too. As for crispness, it seems to vary batch to batch - in your case I'm guessing all that butter tenderized the crumb.

    Kudos to you for whipping the whites by hand ... I tried it once and never again! :)

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  27. Hi Jennifer,

    the waffles and grapefruit look delicious and a nice meal for your family,
    have a happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  28. We also like to have breakfast for dinner and this sounds like a delicious option. I had no idea the grapefruit was so easy. Yum! I have made the waffles from my old Betty Crocker cookbook for years. When the kids were home I always doubled the recipe so I could put them into the freezer and the kids could pop them in the toaster anytime. We were having "Eggos" waffles long before they were being sold in stores! :-) Happy Sunday Jennifer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  29. Jennifer, you are an inspiration with your cooking. The waffles look soooo good, and very professional. I have never tried making them. The grapefruit looks very special too. Happy Sunday to you.

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  30. Everything about this sounds wonderful to me. Breakfast for dinner - why don't I ever do this?? And waffles... Mmm. X

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  31. Martha and you are so creative! I have never thought to prepare grapefruit as you described, but I hope I get around to doing so one day as you have succeeded in describing it lusciously :) xx

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