After a long winter of cheesy this and braised that, I don’t know about you but I LOVE loading up my meals with fresh spring veggies. That goes for breakfast, too! That’s why my new favorite brunch dish is this easy carrot waffle recipe. Don’t worry: No peeling or grating required!
Carrots are one spring veggie you’re used to seeing in sweet, savory and even cocktail forms—it’s one versatile veg! If you love carrot cake you’re going to love these waffles. The two secret ingredients: Self-rising flour (which lets you skip added leavening) and carrot juice. You can get carrot juice absolutely everywhere these days. I happen to love Bolthouse Farms carrot juice. You can even get it at Trader Joe’s, definitely the more affordable option.
The trick to the perfect waffle in my opinion is to make ‘em ahead and reheat in the oven. That’s what make waffles super crisp on the outside and warm and steamy on the inside! Plus it’s a great trick for entertaining at brunch. No one wants to be standing over a hot waffle iron while their guests are enjoying mimosas. And often times the waffle iron smokes and smells a little weird…or is that just me?
To really amp up the carrot cake affect, top these waffles with butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans—and a dollop of whipped cream!?! Or just stick with butter and maple syrup like I did.
photos by Erin Phraner
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flower
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup carrot juice
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- PANTRY STAPLE: Nonstick cooking spray and sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Whisk the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, butter, egg, carrot juice and milk together in a large bowl until combined (the batter will be lumpy).
- Preheat a waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle some batter into the iron (about 1/2 cup depending on the size of your iron) and cook until golden brown. Transfer the waffle to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining batter, arranging the waffles in a single layer on the baking sheet when finished cooking.