Obviously, I have this soft spot for South Asia. Our second child is of course coming from Ind!a, and I’m so happy to have new friends in Nepal after a work trip there a couple months ago. So this week’s Waffle Wednesday is just a little nod to the people in my life who are making wonderful things happen in Nepal (where the chai you get from a box or Starbucks here should hide in shame from the chai you can get there). Please know my prayers are with you all every single day as I pray for our little son or daughter who is just one country below you. And to anyone unfamiliar with the incredible efforts with Mountain Child, please check out their website. They focus on holistically addressing issues related to Health, Education, Trafficking, Child Labor, and Environment, and in doing so empower the people of Nepal. You can donate to their efforts and know that your money is going to a trusted organization, or you can GO TO NEPAL and trek the Himalayas with a purpose!
Also a “dhanyabad” to Courtney and Jeremy for the crash course on making chai that directly inspired this recipe! Love you guys and so thankful for your hearts for the people of South Asia. (Also thank you Heather for brainstorming composition with me, you are so fab.)
Chocolate Waffles with Chai Whipped Cream
Yield: 4 Waffles
Prepared waffle batter for 4 waffles (you can use either my from-scratch recipe, or store-bought mix)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
For the chai whipped cream
1 pint heavy whipping cream, divided
1 tbs whole cloves
1 tbs cardamom seeds
1 piece of whole ginger
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup sugar
-In a small saucepan, pour in 1/2-3/4 cup of the heavy cream. Over low heat, infuse the cream with cloves, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and sugar (1st photo, below.)
-Stir frequently to prevent scorching.
-Allow flavors to steep for approximately 30 minutes. (Second photo, below.)
-Strain cream through a fine sieve and refrigerate until totally cooled.
-Once cooled, combine the flavored cream and the rest of the pint into the chilled bowl of a stand mixer. Whip on high until it becomes fresh whipped cream!
For the waffles, add the cocoa powder into the waffle batter and stir to combine. Add a little extra water if necessary to bring it back to the right consistency. Press in heated waffle iron.