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Sweet Potato Waffles

Last week I mentioned my husband. Husband. Goodness. Even writing the word gives me little goose bumps.

Husband. I like to call him that. “Hey husband,” I like to say. I like the way he smiles when I say it. I like that way it rolls off my tongue, probably all to often in social settings as of late – sorry!

While I promised last week to tell you about my husband (there it is again), I need to tell you about his mom. About my mom. About the woman who literally brought him back into my life when we bumped into each other at a networking event. (You can read more about that here.)

She has a big heart and a passion for living life to the fullest. Is she scatterbrained at times and a tad bit messy? You betchya. So am I. It makes me feel right at home. Because Merry is a character. Heck, she has her own Harley and she rides the darn thing to work like it’s old hat.

Sweet Potato Waffles for breakfast

Among the many things Merry and Richard (Garrett’s Dad – a rock star in his own right. More to come on him in a later post.) introduced me to is the beauty of champagne, waffles and sausage.

Champagne was never a big deal in the Cowles house. My parents don’t drink it. The only time I really indulged was in college when bottles of the, clearly very classy, André went on sale for $2.99.

The Judd’s don’t drink André. They don’t drink anything that resembles André. They drink elegant bubbles. It marries sweet and tart with a dryness that welcomes a buttery breakfast. It’s the stuff leisurely mornings are made of. It’s amazing. And, I will be forever grateful that they taught me the fine art of this amazing breakfast.

For my shower, Merry gave me a waffle iron. A rock star All-Clad beast of a waffle iron. It’s amazing.

I’m quite partial to Merry’s recipe. But Garrett and I have also been on a sweet potato kick and I’ve written about Merry’s recipe already. You can find it here. So I tried something a bit new. These Sweet Potato Waffles are adapted from Bon Appétit. I swapped the brown sugar for just a dash of maple syrup. And, I used 1% rather than whole milk. That’s what we had. They’re fantastic. Enjoy.


Sweet Potato Waffles

Adapted from Bon Appétit

2 cups peeled, ½ cubes red-skinned sweet potatoes
1 cup 1% milk
2 large egg yolks
2 TBS maple syrup
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
½ tsp salt
6 large egg whites, room temperature
Nonstick vegetable spray.

Simmer sweet potatoes in water until tender (about 17 minutes). Transfer to a medium bowl and mash well. Add milk, egg yolks, maple syrup, and butter. Whisk to blend.

Preheat waffle iron. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add potato mixture and whisk to blend.

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until peaks form. Add 1/3 of whites to potato mixture. Fold just to blend. Add remaining whites in 2 batches, folding just to blend.

Coat waffle iron with nonstick spray. Add enough batter (it varies by machine) to fill tray. Cook waffles until lightly brown.


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.

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One thought on “Sweet Potato Waffles

  • Janet Storton

    Oh I am sooo going to try these one day! But first I need to go out and buy a new “beast” waffle iron. I wish we were neighbors!