Spring Entertaining: Beautiful Morning Gatherings

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Beautiful Morning Gatherings

Toast friends or treat mom with a plate of indulgent southern-style waffles. Delicious for breakfast or dessert, these beauties are decadent for sure. Expect the coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor, not to overpower in both the Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate Waffles & the Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce. I borrowed the old-fashioned cake mixing technique of adding the hot coffee last. Boiling water was traditionally used to deepen the chocolate flavor of layer cakes & in this case, the coffee simply intensifies it. They are tasty served either warm or at room temperature. To entertain with ease, place them on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven to keep warm, if desired. Follow my pointers & get ready to host a fabulous spring soiree.

buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickStrawberry Shortcake Chocolate Waffles
makes 12 waffles

2 Tbsp ground coffee
1 {16-oz} container strawberries, hulled & sliced
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2 cups ap flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce
Sweetened Whipped Cream

Plug in the Hamilton Beach Belgian-Style Waffle Maker to preheat, being certain the lid is closed. The POWER ON light will glow. Using the single serve side of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker, add the ground coffee to the brew basket. Pour 2/3 cup water into the reservoir. Snap in the multilevel flip cup rest & place the 1-cup measuring cup under the drip nozzle. Press the ON/OFF button to brew. Toss together the strawberries & 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, the flour, the cocoa powder, the baking powder & the salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, the milk & the oil. Pour over the flour mixture & whisk gently to combine. Whisk in 1/3 cup of the hot coffee. The mixture will be lumpy & a bit thin. Raise the lid & lightly grease the waffle grids with cooking spray. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter over each waffle square. Close the lid & cook 4 to 5 minutes or until the steam subsides. Remove the waffles with nylon end tongs. Repeat with the remaining waffle batter. Prepare the Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce & the Sweetened Whipped Cream. Serve them with the waffles & the macerated strawberries.

buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickBittersweet Chocolate Sauce
makes 1 1/2 cups

1/3 cup hot brewed coffee
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate morsels
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Pour the remaining 1/3 cup of hot brewed coffee over the chocolate morsels in a medium glass bowl. Add the cream & microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Whisk together the mixture until smooth. Use as directed.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickSweetened Whipped Cream
makes about 2 cups

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar

 Beat the cream & the sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Use as directed.

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How To Serve A Versatile Waffle

Forego the strawberries & add toasted pecans for an extra layer of flavor & texture.
Follow these pointers for a secondary serving idea.

The Technique

How To Toast Pecans

Toasting pecans ahead adds an extra layer of depth to recipes.
Any time it’s included in the process, do not over look this key step.

Arrange 1 cup pecan halves on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until fragrant.
Cool completely. Use as directed in recipe preparation. 

Who Makes It Possible

Hamilton Beach

This highly regarded kitchen brand known largely for quality appliances has been serving consumer needs for decades with the simple goal of improving everyday living. They are committed to making your life easier through excellent customer service, product variety & quality as well as continued brand name strength. I am honored to serve as a Brand Ambassador for this ever growing, consumer-friendly company. I hope you’ll reach out and let me know about your favorite products & I promise to do the same!

Belgian-Style Waffle Maker

Serving a crowd is a cinch. One of my favorite features is that you basically open the box & it’s ready to go. Simple to use! Wipe the grids clean when you’re done for easy cleanup. The smart design allows you to store it on it’s side for a cabinet space saver.

Hamilton Beach Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win a Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker! Perfect for serving you, your family or a house of party guests. This versatile must also makes cooking more simple for all of your coffee-infused favorites. Simply type the Mom Knows Best in the comments section of this post to enter for your chance to win your very own. Contest closes at 12 pm cst on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Check back on Friday, April 24, 2015 & I’ll announce the winner.

2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker

Perfect for entertaining or brewing one serving, this particular coffeemaker is easy-to-use & boasts all my favorite features. First & foremost, options. The carafe side offers programmable brewing for coffee that’s ready first thing in the morning. A must in my home. The single serve side offers K-Cup, ground or soft pod brewing. With the push of a button your coffee is ready in no time for that afternoon pick-me-up & the carafe side is soiree-ready. Brew a large pot for a crowd then simply add a tray of mugs, sweeteners, stir-ins & spoons.

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39 Responses to Spring Entertaining: Beautiful Morning Gatherings

  1. Amanda Williams April 20, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Would LOVE to win the coffee maker!!! MOM KNOWS BEST

  2. Jennifer Clark April 20, 2015 at 8:51 am #

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  3. Margie Basantes April 20, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    2-way FlexBrew Coffeemaker

  4. Linda Knight April 20, 2015 at 8:58 am #

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  5. Jane Glick April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am #

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  6. Cindy Thomas April 20, 2015 at 9:02 am #

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  7. Mimi Adams April 20, 2015 at 9:06 am #

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    I love, love, love the idea of this coffee maker! I’ve put buying one of the high-priced single serve coffee makers for years because I just couldn’t justify the expense for a kitchen appliance that just did one thing. The 2-way FlexBrew Coffeemaker is perfect for my husband and me.

    I really enjoyed today’s segment on Good Day Alabama this morning! I can’t wait to make the waffles. Everything looked so good!!

    • Rebecca April 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words, Mimi! Best of luck!

  8. Kitty Robinson April 20, 2015 at 9:07 am #

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  10. Melanie April 20, 2015 at 9:10 am #

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  12. MA April 20, 2015 at 11:16 am #

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  13. Mimiof7 April 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    I love Rebecca all of the time! You have the most energy and the best creative dishes!
    Thanks for all the inspirations!!! (This coffee maker sounds like a WINNER!!!)

    • Rebecca April 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank you, Mimiof7! So sweet of you to pass along the kind words! {the coffee maker is “the bee’s knees”}

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  15. Carol Kizer April 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Mom Knows Best!

    • Carol Kizer April 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Can’t wait to make the waffles!!!!

      • Rebecca April 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

        Carol, they are SO indulgent & yummy. These would make a lovely dessert option for Supper Club, too! Good Luck!

  16. Sheilah April 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

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  17. cris April 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Mom knows best <3 <3

  18. Mom knows best. April 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Great coffeemaker.

  19. Margie Basantes April 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

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  20. Melika Alexander April 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

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  21. Debi Putman April 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

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  22. Jennai April 21, 2015 at 2:13 am #

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    2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker

    (which phrase?)

  23. Kristi April 21, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Mom knows best! The waffles look delicious, definitely making them! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Rebecca April 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Thank you, Kristi! Best of luck!

  24. Lauren April 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

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  31. Candace LeBlanc April 23, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    Mom knows best!
    Thanks for the delicious recipe :)

  32. Jenna schmitt April 23, 2015 at 9:45 am #

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    This looks awesome! I love my coffee!

  33. Deborah G April 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

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