- Written by Dana Staves
- Category: Lets Eat
- Published: 12 April 2015
There was a time in my life before Monte Cristo waffles, and a time after. Before, the Monte Cristo sandwich and the waffle existed as two separate, much-loved brunch entities. One satisfied certain pre-noon desires for savory, the other for syrup-drenched sweet. After, they were one.
One glorious stack of crispy golden waffles stuffed with the ham and cheese of a Monte Cristo, then dusted with powdered sugar and topped with spoonfuls of raspberry sauce. Oh, yes. There is no going back.
- For the warm raspberry sauce: 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus more to taste
- 1/4 cup water
- For the waffles: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 1/4 cups whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 6 ounces deli ham, diced small (about 1 1/2 cups diced)
- 3 ounces (1 cup) shredded Gruyère cheese
- Powdered sugar, to serve
- STEP 1
- To make the raspberry sauce, combine the raspberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the raspberries break down into a thick sauce, 5 to 8 minutes. Taste and stir in more sugar if desired. Remove from heat.
- STEP 2
- To make the waffles, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, eggs, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula to form a fairly thick batter. Stir in the ham and shredded cheese.
- STEP 3
- Warm your waffle iron. When the iron is ready, scoop enough batter into each square to just about cover the square. Cook until dark golden, typically about 4 to 5 minutes depending on your waffle iron. Transfer the cooked waffles to a cooling rack or serve immediately. Continue cooking the remaining batter.
- STEP 4
- To serve, put a spoonful of powdered sugar in a strainer and gently sift the sugar over the tops of the waffles. Serve with the raspberry sauce.
- STEP 5
- Waffles will keep refrigerated for a week and are best reheated in the toaster.