Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Syrup

Red velvet waffles with cream cheese frosting recipeElsie and I just got this heart shaped waffle iron in the mail yesterday. So of course the first thing we wanted to make was red velvet waffles! Also, is it weird to share an appliance? I'm not sure but we were just thinking why buy two when we could easily share. I love waffles, but it's not a dish I make every week, so I could easily lend it out for a time. And I think she felt the same way. But it probably is sort of a weird thing to do... I guess. Whatevs.Best waffle recipeI've made red velvet waffles (and almost everything red velvet, if I'm being honest), but I had yet to try creating a cream cheese syrup. My first thought was that since the syrup would inevitably be very rich, I wanted to make sure the waffles themselves were not excessively sweet. So I adapted one of my favorite waffle recipes to make this batter.Heart shaped waffle ironRed Velvet Waffles, make 4-5

1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup oil (I used vegetable oil)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (the first seven listed above) and whisk to incorporate. Now add in the remaining ingredients and stir until just combined. Allow the batter to rest for 20 minutes. Follow your particular waffle iron directions and make waffles.Red velvet waffles with cream cheese frostingCream Cheese Syrup, makes about 2 1/2 cups

8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup cream (I used half and half)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

In a pot combine the cream cheese, cream and sugar. It helps if you cube the cream cheese into 8 or so small squares. Heat over medium heat until the cream cheese begins to become more liquid. Whisk as you heat to remove any lumps. Once the mixture has become a thick syrup remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. If you want to thin the sauce out even more feel free to add more cream.Red velvet waffle recipeYou can drizzle the syrup over the waffles just before serving or you can serve it in a small cup and dip waffle pieces in! I prefer to dip. You do what feels right. :) xo. Emma

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