Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Cookie Monster Cooking

I am a waffle girl all the way.  Pancakes, with a few exceptions, are usually just eh for me.  Yet I never seem to manage to get out the waffle maker for special breakfasts.  You see, it’s on the top shelf in one of our cabinets that I can’t reach.  Getting a stool or chair (or yelling for my husband to come get it) would clearly be too much work.  So there it sits.

But after a recent visit to one of our very favorite restaurants, I knew I needed to stop being lazy and bring down the waffle maker.  We almost passed on dessert that night but thankfully realized that was crazy and ordered anyway.  Lemon poppy seed dessert waffles with a blueberry sorbet.  It was out. of. this. world.

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Cookie Monster Cooking

I decided to recreate it at home almost immediately.  Except I knew I wanted it to be a breakfast treat, so instead of sorbet I made a blueberry maple syrup.  The waffles themselves are crispy on the outside yet still soft on the inside.  They have just the right hint of lemon flavor, with all the pretty poppy seeds sprinkled throughout.  And the blueberry maple syrup?  Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Cookie Monster Cooking

And no, I am not ashamed to admit that I may have licked my plate clean.

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup
Yield: about 8 (4 by 4 inch) waffles, depending on your waffle maker
For the blueberry syrup:
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the waffles:
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from one lemon)
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • additional blueberries for serving, if desired
  1. To make the blueberry maple syrup - add the blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the blueberries are slightly softened. Use a wooden spoon to mash the blueberries in the saucepan. Cook for about 1 to 2 additional minutes, until the mixture starts to simmer and foams up a little bit.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Carefully pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the blueberry solids. Set aside the strained syrup to serve with the waffles.
  3. To make the waffles - in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, baking soda and poppy seeds. Set aside. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, vegetable oil, lemon zest, the egg yolk, vanilla extract and almond extract. Set aside.
  4. Using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg white until almost soft peaks. Add the sugar to the bowl and beat again until the peaks are glossy and firm. Set aside.
  5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Drop in dollops of the whipped egg white and use a spatula to gently fold into the batter until just incorporated.
  6. Preheat a waffle maker. When hot, pour the recommended amount of batter into the waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cook until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  7. Serve with the blueberry maple syrup and additional fresh blueberries, if desired.

Waffles adapted from Fine Cooking. Blueberry maple syrup slightly adapted from the Food Network.


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  1. says

    Oh these look amazing! I am in complete pancake addiction mode, and am seriously thinking I need to expand into other weekend breakfast options. There are so many varieties of waffles out there that I can’t believe I don’t have the one tool required to make them!

    Time to bite the bullet and just buy a waffle iron that works with Thai electrical outlets.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Hannah! Although I don’t use mine too too often I do love having one!

  2. says

    Okay, I seriously need a waffle maker. I have a plethora of lemons in my house right now, and I just want to make some of these darned waffles! Going on my to-do list for sure. Yum!

  3. says

    Love these! So fresh and that syrup sounds amazing! I’ll have to pick up a waffle maker soon (can’t believe I haven’t gotten one yet. lol.) Great excuse to splurge on one though! Love these!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Kate! I never had one until I got married (thank you bridal registry!) lol

  4. says

    Haha, my waffle maker is up way too high too – good thing my tall husband loves to make waffles :) I’m sending him this recipe, he loves lemon, and I’m hoping these show up on my plate one day soon!

  5. says

    See I always go for pancakes over waffles – mostly out of laziness to lug around the waffle maker heehee. 😉 I’m glad you decided to get yours down for this recipe though – Ashley they look DIVINE and perfect for a relaxed summer morning breakfast.

  6. Marcie@flavorthemoments says

    I’d pick waffles over pancakes any day also. This looks like a great flavor combo! I made a blueberry syrup some time back and I just loved it. With lemon poppyseed waffles, it would be divine!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      The syrup was so so good – I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did!

  7. says

    Poppyseeds in waffles, yum! I really think they should just be thrown in everything. :) I like that you took a dessert recipe and changed it into a healthy breakfast. And ugh, I have top-shelf problems too! A lot of reaching goes on in my kitchen.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Agreed – I love how they look : ) Same here – or climbing on my counters (which is never a good thing since I’m accident prone!)

  8. says

    Yum, these waffles look perfectly light and crispy! Love the sound of lemons and poppy seeds in waffles. I am a waffle girl myself but like you my waffle iron is also placed in a cabinet higher than I can reach..I need to change this soon so that I can make these waffles with that blueberry maple syrup! *Drools*

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      I always think about re-arranging my cabinets but just never seem to get around to it! Maybe then I’d make waffles more often!

  9. says

    I love lemon and poppy seed anything! and blueberry maple syrup?! waa? sounds awesome! I wish i had a waffle maker. I think i’ll have to re create this pancake style. I too prefer waffles though!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      I bet they would still be great as pancakes : ) I’m a terrible pancake flipper so I usually go for the waffles! lol

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