I had the best intentions of posting this recipe last year (or was it two years ago now?), but somehow just never hit publish. Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family, and though I married someone who isn't super keen on celebrating, I've been finding little ways to start up our own annual birthday traditions. It took a few tries, but we've settled on a go-to (although atypical) birthday cake, birthday dinner always seems to include something on the grill, and birthday breakfast had to take full advantage of prime Ontario peach season. These waffles demand a little more effort than my typical recipe, making them extra special for a birthday morning.

BIRTHDAY WAFFLES WITH FRESH PEACES // makes 6-8 large waffles

Thanks to my mother in law for sharing the recipe.


2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, separated
1 3/4 cup milk (dairy free or cow)
4 T butter (or margarine), melted
3 T white sugar

topping // 
fresh peaches, sliced
heaping scoop of yogurt or ice cream
maple syrup

What to do:

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk and melted butter.

Add the yolk mixture to the flour bowl and stir until smooth.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the egg whites on high until stiff, but not dry. Slowly add the sugar, beating constantly.

Mix a third of the beaten whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites.

Scoop 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle iron. Cook for 4 minutes, or as per manufacturer's instructions.

Continue until you've used up all the batter; storing the ready waffles in the oven at a low temp on a wire rack.

Serve with sliced peaches, maple syrup and a scoop of plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream.