Summertime Strawberry 'n Banana Belgian Waffles

For a wonderful summer dessert or, heck, I've eaten these for a meal, these waffles can't be beat. I like these in the winter but more in the summer when I can mound fresh strawberries and a few bananas on top finishing it off with strawberry syrup and whipped cream. You will swoon, I promise!

Belgian Waffles

2 cups cake flour, sifted (7-oz)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch ground nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled

(Preheat your waffle iron while you make the batter.)

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a large measuring cup or a medium-sized bowl, lightly beat together buttermilk, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, eggs and melted butter until smooth. Pour into flour mixture and whisk only until just combined and no obvious streaks of flour remain. Batter should be slightly lumpy.

Use a 1-cup measure or a large spoon to scoop batter into the waffle iron, lightly greased if your iron requires it. Cook as directed by your machine.

Serve immediately. Top with fresh strawberries, bananas, strawberry syrup (Smucker's) and whipping cream.

Makes 4 Belgian waffles.

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