a very special breakfast

Light, fluffy waffles smothered in blueberries.  It makes for a very special breakfast.

There’s something about a plate full of waffles.  It brings me right back to Christmas morning. 

Tissue paper everywhere.  Colorful bows hanging from the sides of opened packages.  The smells of coffee and buttery fried eggs floating through the air.  Christmas morning.

Once the majority of excitement and commotion died down, mom would reveal a heaping plate of waffles.  Thick, buttery waffles.  On the side, there was always—always— a large dish of steaming hot blueberries.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’m pretty sure these waffles were mom’s little secret.  The one tried and true way to pull a bunch of kids away from the Christmas tree and into the dining room. 

This morning, when the idea of waffles entered my head, there was just no going back.  Besides, I had a full bag of graham flour sitting in my pantry.  Waffles were the obvious choice.

I considered many different recipes, and finally decided to make Jess’s (aka, “Healthy Exposures”…click for recipe!) Cornmeal Graham Waffles.  Sometimes it’s best to leave these kinds of things to the experts, you know?  I’ve always envied her waffles and figured it was due time to try them for myself. 

I didn’t really change much, other than the fact that I replaced the chia seeds with 1 T. of flax because that’s what I had on hand.  I also doubled up on the portions since I had a busy morning planned.

For the toppings, I brought about a cups worth of frozen blueberries to a low boil, added in a tsp of corn starch to thicken, and served alongside. 

Yes.  There’s something about waffles covered in warm blueberries (…walnuts and coconut too!) that makes any ol’ morning feel downright special. 

THANK YOU Jess for sending me the Graham Flour (and also for the great recipe!)  I’ve only put a dent in the bag, and I’m looking forward to many more yummy meals. 😀

Click HERE for recipe.

Question: Do you have any food or non-food traditions on Christmas morning?

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13 thoughts on “a very special breakfast

  1. Not necessarily for Christmas morning, but a breakfast tradition in my house used to be fresh crepes. My mom makes absolutely amazing ones, and used to get up an hour before everyone on special occasions just to prepare it all. She would have a stack of piping hot crepes and dishes full of berries to fill them with. Then they would all be topped with whip cream… yum!

    Thank you for such a nostalgic post. I just might have to make myself some crepes 🙂

  2. Your waffles are so beautiful – and they look delicious, of course 😉 I love them topped with blueberries as well.
    Christmas morning we usually have a brunch, traditionally with my moms strata! It sounds awful – but I can’t really remember what else?! I don’t think a whole bunch since we also have a big dinner 😛

  3. My mom ALWAYS lays out a huge breakfast buffet on Christmas morning, complete with her famous sausage roll ups, breakfast casserole and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, among other things 🙂 For dinner, we always have clam chowder. I don’t know why we started that tradition, but we always eat clam chowder while watching the newest PIXAR movie (they always come out on DVD at Christmas).

  4. Ooh blueberry syrup is my favorite pancake/waffle topping.

    No traditions for breakfast on holidays. Just whatever I’m in the mood for 🙂

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