A leisurely breakfast is the ultimate symbol of luxury. It means a slow and gentle start to the day; a morning of lie-ins, no alarms, no urgency, nowhere to be. It was the best thing about post-finals life. There was such a novelty about being able to wake naturally, fully refreshed, not feeling tired from the moment I opened my eyes ; I could take my time, and eat my breakfast of choice in PJs on my window seat, soaking up the sunshine and watching the world go by.
I made waffles for the first time the night the lawyers finished finals. It was in the middle of a June heatwave, and I excitedly unwrapped my new waffle maker as the hot afternoon gave way to a balmy evening. I was envisaging a quiet night, experimenting with my new gadget, but conceded to a game of croquet with the jubilant lawyers and before I knew it we were all lying on the croquet lawn amidst empty bottles of champagne, laughing up at the sky as the long evening light faded to star-studded blackness. The waffle batter was forgotten until I returned to my room in the early hours and decided it was a perfect time to make waffles. Until it wasn’t, and I slept instead.
My waffle-making and I have come a long way since that first hedonistic experiment, but now that the highs and lows that made up Oxford life are a thing of the past, waffles serve as an eternal testament to post-finals champagne-filled summer nights and getting up at midday for pimms parties and punting (do I sound pretentious yet?). It was a luxurious time after the never ending nightmare of finals, and waffles will always taste like that feeling now. If you need a moment of luxury, make these. Invite friends round for brunch. And don’t forget the champagne.
Makes 4 waffles (perfect for 2 people)
- 2 tbsp sweetener of choice e.g. maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, regular sugar
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 250ml unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
- 140g wholegrain spelt flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla essence, and any other spices or flavours desired
- suggested toppings: seeds, chopped nuts, fruit, yogurt, more maple syrup etc
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the sweetener, oil, almond milk and vanilla.
- Gradually add the wet to the dry and whisk well, ensuring there are no lumps. Don’t worry that the mixture is a little runny
- Put the mixture in the fridge for five minutes and heat the waffle iron.
- Pour the batter into your waffle maker and cook according to manufacturers instructions, then add toppings and serve!