Belgium Waffles with Delicious Bananas

There is nothing better than waking up on the weekend to the smell of waffles and sweet sugary bananas and maple syrup. Of course, waffles take time, and that means someone woke up early to make them. So when I do wake up early to make waffles, these are the ones that are the most delicious, with any sort of topping. I like making anything and everything between whipped cream, strawberry preserves, or candied bananas.

For waffles:

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tbsp sugar
* 2 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 3/4 tsp salt
* 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
* 3/4 stick (6 tsp) unsalted butter,
* 2 large eggs
* Spray oil for waffle iron

For topping:
* 2 tbsp unsalted butter
* 2 firm-ripe large bananas
* 1 1/4 cups maple syrup

To make the waffles, turn on your waffle iron and let it heat up while making the batter. For the batter,  whisk the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter and eggs. Then pour the liquid mixture into the flour and whisk together. It should make a loose but not too watery batter.
Once the waffle iron is hot and your batter is done, spray your iron lightly with oil. I like using the spray because it’s makes less of a mess, but you can also use a canola oil and wipe it on with a paper towel.  Scoop out about a half a cup on batter and put it into the center of the iron. I like to spread it out manually with a spoon or knife, but you don’t have to.
I cook my waffles for about 5 minutes, but follow the instructions for your waffle maker, and if your not sure, just take a look at the waffle and when it turns a golden brown color it is done. I like to keep my waffles warm while making others so I put them on a plate and stick them in the oven on a warm setting.
In between making each waffle, you’ll probably want to clean out the iron a little. I generally will  wipe it down after every 2 waffles and apply new oil, but it’s probably just an OCD thing.
I generally wait until I’ve started the last waffle to make the bananas., but you should prep the bananas beforehand. Cut the bananas into about ½ diagonal cuts. To cook, heat the butter in a large pan over medium – high heat and lay banana slices down in the butter. The bananas will cook for about a minute before you need to flip them over. Cook on the other side for 1-3 minutes depending on eat and how much you want  your bananas to keep their shape. I personally like mine to fall apart all over the place. When they are cooked to your satisfaction, remove from heat and add in your best maple syrup.
Spoon the bananas onto your waffles, and you probably wont even need to add more syrup to your waffles.

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