I wanted to use our waffle maker again so I pulled out this recipe for coconut waffles topped with strawberries and mangoes. Despite how it sounds, the waffles are not particularly coconut-y and are not too sweet. It makes for a very nice balance along with the fruits. I tried to reduce the fat by using light coconut milk and reducing the sugar, but I just couldn't reduce the butter so I'm sure that is probably why it tasted so yummy. Hahaha. The recipe is from Oprah's magazine (I got it off a message board somewhere) and I was surprised that it turned out well considering the the last mango-strawberry concoction we tried from the O magazine.
We did like this and would make it again.
Coconut Waffles with Berry-Mango Compote
Flavored with coconut and mango, these waffles take on a tropical note. Let the fruit compote stand at room temperature for at least thirty minutes before serving—you wouldn't want to put cold fruit on hot waffles! Use whatever berries are handy—this is good with raspberries and blueberries too, or a combination.
* 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into small cubes
* 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
* 1 cup milk
* 3 large eggs, beaten
* 1/2 cup coconut milk (not sweetened cream of coconut)
* 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
* Fresh mint, for garnish
Toss the mango, strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl. Cover and let stand until the fruit gives off some juices, about 90 minutes.
Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions. Lightly oil the grids.
Meanwhile, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl to combine. Make a well in the center and pour in the melted butter, milk, eggs and coconut milk. Whisk just until smooth; do not over-mix. Mix in the coconut.
Spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into the center of each quadrant of the waffle iron and close the iron. Cook until the waffle is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
Serve the waffles hot, spooning the compote on top. Garnish with the mint leaves.
Yield: 12 four-inch waffles (or about 8 giant waffles)