Double Chocolate Waffles with Strawberries and White Chocolate Ice Cream
Serves 10 to 12
This dessert is something of a cross between strawberry shortcake
and an ice cream sandwich. Modeled after waffles a la mode, an old
Brooklyn dinner favorite, it's a great dessert to make if you have
access to local strawberries. While more perishable than commercial
varieties, native berries tend to be juicier, sweeter, and more
Ingredients for the Waffles
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons creme de cacao (or other liqueur)
Ingredients for Presentation
2 1/2 pints strawberries
sugar to taste
1 recipe white chocolate ice cream
1 recipe bittersweet chocolate sauce
Preparation for the Waffles
1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and
sugar into a large bowl.
2. Combine the butter and semisweet
chocolate in a double boiler. Place over low heat until melted. Whisk in
the eggs; whisk in the milk, vanilla, and creme de cacao.
3. Make a
well in the center of the dry ingredients and gradually whisk in the
4. Using a waffle iron and following the manufacturer's instructions,
make waffles with the chocolate batter. The waffles will be somewhat
soft when first removed from the waffle iron--they will crisp as they
cool. The waffles can be made ahead. Store, wrapped and refrigerated,
for up to 2 days. Bring back to room temperature before using.
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Hull the strawberries, cut them into thick slices, and sugar them to taste. Reserve.
3. Cut the waffles into triangles, place on a baking sheet, and toast lightly (about 5 minutes).
4. Sprinkle dessert plates with powdered sugar and drizzle with
chocolate sauce. For each serving, place 1 waffle triangle on a plate
and top with a spoonful of strawberries and a scoop of ice cream; top
this with another waffle triangle, more berries, and a second scoop of
ice cream. Drizzle the top scoop of ice cream with some additional
chocolate sauce and place a few sliced berries on each plate.