Machias Community Church

Chocolate Covered Cherries 

Posted by Pastor Ron Friday, November 04, 2011 9:58:00 AM

Tomorrow we celebrate 'CCC Mania Saturday' featuring non-stop latté drinking and chocolate covered cherry making!

Chocolate covered cherries are a deferred pleasure in that several weeks need to pass between the making and eating but the results are definitely worth it. However we will console ourselves with Belgium Waffles, bacon, sausage, whipped cream, maple syrup and any cherries that escaped the chocolate dipping frenzy.

Belgium Waffle batter can come from a box (blechhh!) or as follows:

Start a packet of dry yeast (2 tablespoons worth) in 1/2 cup of warm water with some sugar.

Mix together: 2.5 cups of flour, 3 egg yolks (save the whites in the fridge for later), a little bit of salt and nutmeg, some vanilla extract, stick of butter (the real stuff), 1/4 cup of vitamin S (commonly known as sugar) and 2 cups of warm milk and your now frothy yeast.

Let it set in a warm place but expect it to grow in volume so have the right sized bowl. I've come home several hours later and found batter oozing all over the counter top.  This will make 5~6 waffles. For larger groups I double or triple the whole batch.

Just before you start making the waffles take the egg whites (remember them?) out of the fridge and beat them until they turn white and start to stiffen up. Gently fold (not stir and definitely not mix) the egg whites into your batter with a spatula.

Proper Belgium Waffles require a proper Belgium Waffle maker. The one they sell at Costco will do. We have Waring BW makers. Sometimes we have three of them going at once.