Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Custard, Macerated Strawberries, Shortbread and Chervil Syrup

SERVES 4

Fancy irresistible, mouth-watering buttermilk waffles with plenty of scrumptious toppings? They are a firm favourite at our Windermere store Cafe, and thanks to Ben the chef, you can recreate this delicious dessert from your very own kitchen – just follow the recipe!

Made with the Lakeland No Mess Electric Waffle Maker.

Ingredients

For the vanilla custard

  • 600ml Milk
  • 75g Caster sugar
  • 50g Plain flour
  • 135g Egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 Gelatine Leaves

For the waffles

  • 450g Plain flour
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 450ml Buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 90g Unsalted butter
  • A pinch of Salt

For the macerated strawberries

  • 1kg Fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

For the shortbread

  • 300g Plain flour
  • 200g Unsalted butter
  • 100g Caster sugar

Strawberry puree

  • 1kg Fresh strawberries
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon, Lemon Juice

For the chervil syrup

  • 500ml Water
  • 180g Caster sugar
  • 100g Chervil, Un-blanched
  • 1/3 tsp Xantham Gum

Instructions

For the vanilla custard

  1. Place the gelatine leaves in cool water for 3-5 minutes until they soften.
  2. Gently heat the milk in a pan until warm.
  3. Mix the sugar, egg yolks and flour in a bowl.
  4. Once the milk is warmed through, add to the egg mixture in the bowl, and then place the whole mixture back in the pan.
  5. Keep the mixture on a low heat whilst whisking until it thickens up.
  6. Once it has thickened, add the gelatine and mix thoroughly.
  7. Leave the mixture to set overnight in the fridge.
  8. Once set, blend until smooth- delicious!

For the waffles

  1. Put all dry ingredients in a stand mixer with whisk attachment, or use a hand whisk.
  2. Gently melt the butter, don’t let it get too hot.
  3. Add all wet ingredients to dry and whisk together until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Pop the mixture into the Lakeland No Mess Waffle Maker, each waffle takes around 3 mins.

For the macerated strawberries

  1. Begin by removing the strawberry stalks and halve each strawberry.
  2. Place strawberries in a bowl with the sugar and the lemon juice.
  3. Simply leave to sit for 30 minutes before serving!

For the shortbread

  1. Rub all the ingredients in a bowl until the mix comes together, then crumble onto a baking sheet, or use a cutter to create biscuits.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and bake until golden brown.
  3. Once the shortbread has cooled, either crumble over the waffle dish or serve whole.

Strawberry puree

  1. Place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Turn the heat down to a simmer until the ingredients thickens and reduces.
  3. Once thickened, remove from the heat.
  4. Blend mixture till it is smooth and allow to cool.

For the chervil syrup

  1. Boil the water and sugar together and then cool to ice cold temperature.
  2. Once ice cold, add the chervil and xantham gum to the sugar-syrup mixture and blitz using a hand blender.
  3. The mixture should thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon (add a ¼ tsp of xantham if it needs thickening and re-blend).
  4. Pass the syrup over ice and drizzle over your waffles!