Savory Charcoal Waffle Sandwiches

It's the end for the month of September, and let's welcome the tenth month of the year! This week, I manage to get hold of some bamboo charcoal powder & thus this recipe came right up my mind. If you haven't heard or come across this powder before, you should totally check this out.

Originated from Japan, bamboo charcoal seems to slowly gain its popularity across Asia - charcoal burger, charcoal cake, charcoal muffins etc. Though there's not much flavor to the powder itself, the aesthetics of the baked goods brought about by the powder are simply amazing! Just a tablespoon of it is enough to turn the whole batter black. You should be able to purchase this from stores that specialize in selling baking & confectionery ingredients.

Imagine black buttermilk charcoal waffles w/ maple candied bacon, basil walnut cream cheese spread, roasted vein cherry tomatoes & juicy portebello mushrooms. It's one of those breakfast/brunch you'll wish to have in anytime of the day. So get down to it & start making your own waffles! This recipe consists of 4 main components.

Ingredients - 6 Waffles - 1 hr 30 mins

Savory Buttermilk Charcoal Waffles

  • 250 g of all purpose flour
  • 12 g of bamboo charcoal powder
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 300 ml of buttermilk
  • 2 whole eggs - yolks & white separated
  • 3 tbs of white granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs of salt
  • 30 g of grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 60 ml of olive oil/melted butter

Basil Walnut Cream Cheese Spread

  • 3 tbs of cream cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 60 g of walnut
  • 20 g of basil
  • 1 tbs of olive oil

Maple Candied Bacon

  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 3 tbs of maple syrup
  • 1 tbs of white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of grain vinegar

Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes & Portobello Mushrooms

  • 200 g of cherry tomatoes
  • 200 g of portobello mushrooms
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 tbs of balsamic vinaigrette

*I used baby spinach & arugula for the greens & some crushed walnuts for garnishing. Feel free to use other greens to your taste.

PREPARATIONS

 

Savory Buttermilk Charcoal Waffles

Prepare the dry ingredients by sifting - all purpose flour, bamboo charcoal powder, baking powder & soda. Next, prepare the wet ingredients in a separate bowl by combining egg yolks, oil/melted butter, salt, 1 tbs of sugar, buttermilk & grated parmigiano then mix well. Lastly, whisk the egg white with the remaining 2 tbs of sugar in another separate bowl until soft peak is formed .

Preheat the waffle machine & lightly brush with oil on the griddles. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently to incorporate well together until no lumps are visible. Then fold in the whites gently into the batter in 2 separate batches using a spatula till uniform in color.

Follow the instruction of your waffles machine & ladle in the batter to cover all sides in the griddle. Tips: For crispier waffles, leave in the machine for a few more minutes once it's done. Then cool it on a rack & repeat the process for the remaining batter.

 

Basil Walnut Cream Cheese Spread

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients, process till smooth & even in color. Store in fridge to retain the vibrant green from the basil.

 

Maple Candied Bacon

Prepare the maple glaze by mixing the syrup, sugar & grain vinegar in a bowl. Spread each bacon slices on the oven rack evenly & leave it in preheated oven 170C/350F for 8 minutes (set the oven timer to 30 minutes). Take out the bacon after 8 minutes, glaze the top side of the bacon slices with the maple syrup using a brush & put back in the oven again. After a few minutes, flip the bacon slices & repeat the glazing process again.

Repeat the process until the bacon slices turn crispy & orangey red in color.

 

Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes & Portobello Mushrooms

Spread the tomatoes & portobello in a oven tray. Season well with salt & pepper. Drizzle olive oil & balsamic on the mushrooms & tomatoes. Roast in preheated oven 200C/400F for 8 to 10 minutes.

Savory Charcoal Waffle Sandwiches

Serve the waffles as sandwiches with all the goodness in it. Drizzle with more maple syrup to taste, and as always use authentic 100% maple syrup from Canada which can be found in many supermarket.

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