Golden Waffles with Tropical Fruits

Photo: Lennart Weibull
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 waffles

A crisp, golden waffle is the ideal backdrop for sunny sliced tropical fruit.


Date Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup coarse-ground semolina flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 ¾ cup whole milk, room temperature

  • cup sour cream, room temperature

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray

  • Sliced kiwifruits and citrus fruits, chopped pistachios, and pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. Date butter: Pulse butter and dates in a food processor, scraping down sides a few times, until smooth and combined. Date butter can be made up to a week ahead and stored in refrigerator; bring to room temperature before using.

  2. Waffles: Whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, sour cream, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture just to combine (do not overmix).

  3. Preheat a waffle iron. Coat with a thin layer of cooking spray. Pour 1 1/4 cups batter per waffle into center of iron, allowing it to spread almost to edges. Close lid and cook until golden brown and crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from iron and quickly toss between your hands several times to release steam and help retain crispness, then transfer to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet; keep warm in a 225 degrees oven until ready to serve. Repeat coating iron with more cooking spray between batches.

  4. Serve, with date butter, fruit, pistachios, and syrup.

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