DARK CHOCOLATE WAFFLES WITH STRAWBERRIES
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1-1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 c. milk or 3/4 c. buttermilk
Fresh strawberries, sliced and sweetened
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar. Add the egg yolks, vanilla and cooled chocolate. Mix well.
In separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, if using.
Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture alternately with the milk, blending well with each addition. (If using buttermilk, which is thicker than milk, use a little more if necessary, to thin almost to a pouring consistency.) With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold them into the batter.
Place about 1/3 cup batter in a hot waffle iron, close the cover and bake until the steaming stops; these waffles are dark so don't judge doneness by the color. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with strawberry slices. Makes 5 to 6 waffles.
MERINGUE TARTS WITH STRAWBERRIES
1 c Sugar
1/2 ts Baking powder
1/8 ts Salt
3 ea Egg whites
1 ts Vanilla
1 ts Vinegar
1 ts Water
1 ea Fresh sliced strawberries
Sift the sugar with the baking powder and salt. Combine the egg whites, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Add the sugar mixture, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to the egg whites, alternating with a few drops of the liquid, beating constantly. When all combined, continue to beat for several minutes. Place large spoonfuls on baking sheet and shape into shallow cups. Bake at 225 degrees F. for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the meringues form the sheet quickly and cool them on rack. Fill with the strawberries.