Zucchini Waffles with Fresh Orange Syrup

Inspiration for the pursuit of the perfect zucchini waffle was simply this: for reasons that I don’t understand (I don’t really even like zucchini that much) zucchini muffins and zucchini bread tend to be rather tasty. So why not zucchini waffles?

zucchini wafflesAnd then with  recipe ingredients at hand and the waffle iron heating, I eyed a few oranges and got an idea for taking what held promise for being the best waffle ever into another dimension.

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Fresh orange syrup. There could be nothing not to like with a fresh orange syrup to bring out everything good in a slightly savory, delightfully cinnamony hot waffle.

Instincts were correct. This was a combination that was so good it made us question whether we had not, indeed, finally reached the pinnacle. For the short term, at least, we have arrived at our signature house waffle.

zucchini waffles orange syrup

 Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnnamon
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 eggs

 Directions

  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • Cut ends off zucchini and chop into 1″ chunks. Add to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until finely minced.
  • Scrap zucchini into a metal strainer(or coffee filter) and squeeze out excess liquid.
  • In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs and sugar, beat well and stir in zucchini.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter onto heated waffle iron and cook until desired crispiness.
  • Top with butter and Fresh Orange Syrup. (Recipe below)

Fresh Orange Syrup

Combine 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 Tbsp orange zest and 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice in a small, heavy sauce pan. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently for 8-10 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Adapted from The Perfect Pantry