Every since I came up with that whipped lemon ricotta I could not stop thinking about it! I had bought some GINORMOUS blackberries the other day and I knew I had to incorporate them in with that ricotta. What transpired was pure magic! These Belgian Waffles with Whipped Lemon Ricotta and Blackberries are AMAZING in every single way! It’s bright and light and just makes you smile while you are eating them!
Ever since I came up with the Ultimate Belgian Waffles recipe I’ve been looking for ways to take them beyond the maple syrup and butter breakfast dish. This is one of those creations. This is fancy schmancy and would be PERFECT for a Sunday brunch, baby shower or tea party. You can cut them into 4 segments and make them into appetizers/finger foods. But just be sure to make a double batch of all of them as you’re not going to want to share!
Now if you’re not a fan of blackberries (or they are not in season) you can use raspberries, fresh strawberries or blueberries – as I’ve tried them all and they equally rock!
When I was taking these pictures during the photo shoot I couldn’t stop but stare at them. They are just pretty. They are simple visually – just waffles, some whipped ricotta, a few berries and some lemon twists but together they just work. Anything more and it would just be too much. The same thing applies with the flavors. I kept them simple and allowed that simplicity shine through. You’re first hit with that vanilla crisp waffle followed by the bright and creamy ricotta and as you sink your teeth into those blackberries you’re met with an explosion of sweet and tangy berries.
Now want me to let you in on a little secret? See those waffles? They came straight out of my freezer to boot! I had went on this MASSIVE waffle making kick and when all was said and done I had about 20 of them on hand (with a stack in the fridge for Mr. Fantabulous). So all I did was wrapped them up and put them in plastic freezer bags. When it was time to make these I just popped them into the toaster oven and toasted them like traditional frozen waffles. However I can promise you this.. they are the BEST ‘frozen’ waffles you will ever EVER have in your life! They were absolutely amazing! You’d never know it from the pictures or the taste either.
See I like doing stuff like that; cooking in bulk if you will. Just like you, free time is a rarity and while I love, love, LOVE being in the kitchen there are days when I don’t have that luxury to bake a million things or cook a 10-course meal. This was one of those days where I had a million and one things to do but I NEEDED to eat and I NEEDED to use the blackberries and ricotta. Seriously this took from freezer to plate to mouth 4 minutes! Hell it took less time than that to inhale it! LOL
With this photo shoot I did things backwards. See normally I take the pictures and then eat the lukewarm plate of food while Mr. Fantabulous gets the freshly cooked/hot plate. This time my stomach won and I ate it first. Damn, hot food is awesome! LOL Then I made the plate for the shoot. As I was taking those pictures Mr. Fantabulous came into the house and immediately said “Hey is that waffles I smell? I could go for some!” and then he saw these which immediately came that face.
That face is the one where I’ve taken something he deems “perfect” and revamps it with this “hoity toity fancy schmancy” stuff. I got the “Honey that’s a gorgeous presentation but you know I like just syrup on my waffles. Fine give it to me and I’ll just eat that… but I’m not gonna like it…”
Famous last words! HAHA He took one bite and went “Oh wow, is that lemon? That’s really good!. Hey do I eat these things (as he picks up the sprigs of lemon coils and looks at me with a mouthful of food)?” LOL So precious.
This is one of those dishes that I cannot wait to make once our house is completely done for remodel! I miss having Sunday football parties and making a ton of food. This will be on the menu along with a full range of toppings for these waffles. We’re going with waffle sandwiches, waffle pizzas, waffle tacos and so forth. Why not? It’s cute, fun, whimsical and totally something I would do!
Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go and get myself a fork, a waffle and make one of these cause my stomach is growling big time! So step out of that maple syrup comfort zone and go with this version as you will not be disappointed!Print
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup whole milk ricotta
- Zest of a whole lemon
- Juice of a whole lemon (about 2-3 Tbl)
- 1/2 tsp lemon oil
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 6-8 Belgian Waffles
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- In a food processor add the sugar, ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon oil.
- Processor for 15-20 seconds or until thick and smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- In a separate cold bowl (with cold beaters) whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in the cream until combined.
- Cover and chill for 1 hour.
- Toast the waffles to get them warm and slightly crisp.
- Spoon out several tablespoons of the whipped lemon ricotta onto the waffle.
- Garnish with blackberries and lemon zest.