This morning I had a strong waffle craving and a very ripe mango in my fridge. This led to waffles with mango compote! Slightly sweet waffles topped with a sour mango compote made breakfast perfect! Of course adding butter and maple syrup takes these to the next level!
Waffle history time! Believe it or not the first waffle was not from Belgium, they were from Greece! Ancient Greeks cooked “wafers” between two metal plates. They were mainly savory with herbs. By the middle ages waffles were served from carts and made from barley. Around the 1200’s a more modern day waffle was invented when a griddle with a honeycomb pattern was designed. The batter would be poured into it and it would be cooked over a fire. By the 16th century however, waffles were a poor mans food. When bread wasn’t available, bad flour and water would be mixed and cooked in a griddle. In the late 1700’s, Thomas Jefferson brought a waffle iron over to the United States. Waffles instantly rose to popularity and waffle parties were a common occurrence (personally I think we should make this a come back!)
Mangoes were first grown over 5,000 years ago in India. Since then they have been grown in tropical areas all over the world. Currently, Mexico is the leading distributor of mangoes! Mangoes have lots of health benefits. They contain folic acid, vitamins B and C, provitamin A and a high fiber content.
Waffles with Mango Compote
- 2 mangoes
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Dice mangoes and place in a small saucepan, add lemon juice and sugar.
- Over medium heat cook compote until soft, about 10 minutes. Place lid on top to keep warm while you make the waffles.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- Plug in waffle maker.
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a smaller bowl add egg whites, whip until stiff peaks form.
- Add milk, egg yolks, vegetable oil, vanilla and almond extract to the flour.
- Fold in the egg whites.
- Place batter in waffle maker.
- Top waffles with mango compote!