Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

When I was 12 years old, I spent a week or so one summer helping my Dad bring a friends yacht down through the waters of the Puget Sound to its home port near Seattle. I loved the time we spent on the water and even at that age, I was pretty comfortable in the kitchen. I spent much of the time in the ships galley preparing food and even managed to whip up some cinnamon rolls with some yeast I found in the back of one of the cupboards. The months after that trip were spent dreaming of ways that I could spend a life on the water and even today I think it would be great sometime to retire to a nice boat and just travel around the world.
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For now though I'll have to live vicariously through others that do it and fortunately there are plenty of them. One in particular is Annie Mahle, the chef and co-owner of the J.& E. Riggin, a beautiful schooner out of Rockland Maine. I received a copy of her latest cookbook. Sugar &Salt, where she details month by month her recipes that she uses both on land at while at sea aboard her boat. It's a great collection of recipes and a fun way to see how life on the water changes the way you think about cooking!

The last recipe in her book is for waffles and then there are six variations that you can try. The one that caught my eye was the Lemon Poppy Seed. They were light and fluffy with lemon scented throughout and then the light crunch from the blue poppy seeds. Topped with strawberries and freshly whipped cream, how could you possibly go wrong?

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons lemon zest
6 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon extract

Preheat the waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, sift all the dry ingredients. Add the poppy seeds. Mix the egg yolks, butter, buttermilk, lemon zest, juice and extract in a medium bowl. Combine with the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl - one that is clean and dry - beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold into the batter, then follow the directions for your waffle iron.

Shelby from Diabetic Foodie did a great interview with Annie and also has some links to others in the Virtual Potluck group that made recipes from her new book. Go check it out here!


I've also got a copy of her book to give away. Leave a comment below telling me which recipe from the roundup you'd want to try first!

For an extra entry, like Thyme In Our Kitchen on facebook, and leave an extra comment here telling me that you do!

The contest will run through Tuesday, September 4, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of Sugar & Salt as well as one to give away. All opinions are my own.


  1. These waffles look incredible - gorgeous photos!

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  4. The Raspberry Cinnamon Galette would top my list just cuz I'm craving something warm and cinnamony big time! :)

  5. We love breakfast so I want to try Orange Buttermilk Pancakes, but I'm also going to try the Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    1. Emily, you won the cookbook! Congrats! Send me your address and contact information so we can get it sent out!

  6. I also "liked" you on facebook. I hope I win the cook book. (fingers crossed)

  7. Oh boy, I would love to make the Lemon Poppy Seed waffles...do you think it would work on my belgium waffle maker? Not totally sure what you meant about the "roundup" but so many things jumped out at me reading the article...Saffron Lobster Stew for lunch, say what?!?! And new potatoes with brown butter & goat cheese....YUM!

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  8. I need to get a waffle iron pronto! Gorgeous photos as always, Matt.

  9. These are perfect to zip up that Sunday morning breakfast. Thanks for the post.

  10. Oh the orange buttermilk pancakes sounds delightful!

  11. I would most likely make these waffles, as my family loves anything with lemon, and my Boy is crazy for lemon poppyseed anything, but the Cinnamon Pecan Granola would also go over well in this house.

    The photos are stunning, Matt. Good work!

  12. Stunning photos Matt! These waffles and the other variations are next on my list to try. Really loved this book.

  13. I'm looking forward to cooler weather and would love to make the Cauliflower, Cheddar, and Jalapeno Soup from Cookistry. Plus,the thought of smelling the aroma from your waffles makes me hungry. I love the smell of lemons.

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