Oh my, these were FABULOUS! I only had a taste, because they are a little too indulgent for me, but I made them for my 4 children and they went wild over them! They had them with Neopolitan ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top. I got 8 waffles out of the batch (using a Salton Belgian Waffle Maker) and they took exactly 3 minutes to cook to perfection. Thanks for this easy, tasty recipe! P.S. I didn't have unsweetened chocolate, so I used 6 tbl baking cocoa and 2 tbl of vegetable oil in exchange as directed on the back of my cocoa package. I just added the cocoa to the dry ingredients and the oil to the shortening, sugar and eggs.
I really wanted to like them, but found that the end result just wasn't worth the effort and the time it took to make them. My usual chocolate waffle recipe is faster and easier (it does not, for example, require getting out my beaters). These are indeed very rich, actually far too much so for our tastes, but that's just our preference so I'm not taking that into account in rating them. My problems with this recipe are twofold: 1) The batter produces a *very* delicate waffle that refused to bake up well for me (and I've quite successfully made lots of waffles recipes). No matter how gently I worked, each and every waffle "tore" somewhere as I removed it from the iron. 2) The directions are unclear and incomplete. Example: It calls for "sifted flour" -- then says, in the directions, to "sift dry ingredients together". So, does that mean that one should actually measure out 1 1/4 cups of UNsifted flour, then sift it with the other ingredients, or measure out 1 1/4 cups of sifted flour then sift it again? The ingredients call for unsweetened chocolate, not "unsweetened chocolate, melted"... but nowhere in the directions is there a step calling for the melting of the chocolate; all of a sudden it just says to "add the melted chocolate". Similarly, the directions call for adding the "milk with the vanilla added" -- but nowhere before that does it say to combine the two... You really have to read over the recipe a time or two to interpret what needs to be done, to mentally add the steps that are not listed. These do have a nice flavor, but I cannot see myself making these again except as perhaps a basis for a dessert.
Nice waffles : I liked them, my brother thought that they were brilliant! By the sound of his comments I'm going to have to make these quite a few times from now on! I think 1/2 a cup sugar would be fine though. We thought that cherry jam tasted best with them.
Good brownie. We tried it with Hot Fudge sauce, marshmallow creme, powdered sugar and syrup. We like the powdered sugar the best.
These were delicious, I made homemade hot fudge sauce and served with ice cream and we had them for super. Incredible!