Ours To Keep

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“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt, I asked myself the same question this morning. I poured myself some coffee, looked at my squash and tomato starts on the kitchen counter, safe from the snow coming down more violently than usual outside, and thought for a moment that all of the present — the deep, the shallow, the long, the short, the good, the bad, the snow, the sun — is all mine, and ours, to keep.

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Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles with Mascarpone, Thyme, and Strawberries 

  • 1  1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup milk or milk alternative
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 20 springs fresh thyme
  • 1-2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for finishing

 

Melt butter over low heat in a small saucepan, set aside. In a small bowl, mix and dissolve the yeast. In a larger bowl, combine salt and flour. Whisk together the yeast-water, milk, butter, egg yolks, and honey and combine with the dry ingredients. In another small bowl, beat the egg whites (like a crazy woman) until frothy. Fold into batter with 1/2 cup mascarpone, zest of half the orange, and leaves of 10 springs of thyme. Set aside, covered, for 10-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200′. Turn on your waffle iron to medium-high heat. As it warms, cut strawberries into slices or quarters in a bowl. Mix with extra honey, the remaining thyme, and the juice and zest of your small orange. Set aside.

Grease your heated iron with butter or coconut oil. Pour a heaping cup of the batter and cook until golden and crispy on the outer edges. Transfer waffles to the oven to keep warm and repeat with remaining batter. To serve, smear with marscapone and top with a heap of gussied strawberries and a drizzle of honey.

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  1. Margarita

    Oh Kelsey… This is just breathtaking! Love the waffles, the photos, and the beautiful words.

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  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Love the quote! And these waffles – yes please! I could sure use them for breakfast!

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  3. Kathryn

    I love moments like that when you feel totally connected and rooted in the present – it’s always when I feel most alive. That and when eating waffles of course 😉

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  4. la domestique

    Ah, I love waffles! The photos are really great. It feels strange to think of snowy Colorado mornings as I sit in my Irish kitchen looking out at rolling green pastures dotted with sheep.

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  5. WSAKE

    sigh…:)

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  6. Sarah

    Those waffles look delicious. I love the thyme.

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  7. Megan

    Such lovely words, Kelsey! And, those waffles… love the strawberry-thyme combination. I really need to buy the waffle iron that I’ve been eyeing, so I can whip up a batch of these beauties!

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  8. Sarah Crowder

    I am often in the present during breakfast, and particularly breakfast on the weekends. Toward the end of the day it gets a bit herder, though…
    I just posted waffles too! Loooove herbs with my waffles.

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  9. Melissa // The Fauxmartha

    Hello waffles. You know I’m all over this post.

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  10. Annalise

    I want to jump into this blog post and stay a while. So beautiful, and those waffles sound divine.

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  11. sarah

    One day I’m going to meet you and give you the biggest hug ever. You always seems to write about what I’m wrestling with in my soul, and then your words dance and laugh around it, with healing….

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  12. Ashley

    What a flavor combination! And that creamy topping. Brilliant! Lovely words as well.

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  13. thyme (sarah)

    Beautiful photo series. My husband adores making waffles every Sunday. My favorite are the sweet potato waffles he makes. Yes, it is hard to imagine snow flakes falling down when we’ve had the air running for 2 weeks now!

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  14. Melissa

    Those waffles look delic and the photos are amazing!

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  15. Shanna

    Stop it right now. GORGEOUS. The words and the photos.

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  16. Emma

    Loveliness.

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  17. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    I love waffles. And these are a nice change from what I usually make. It is amazing how simple they are that we don’t take the time more often to make them!

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  18. Odile

    That looks GORGEOUS! The Belgians are very delighted with this waffle, I’m glad I don’t have to eat all that white flour to eat a waffle either.

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  19. Levi Tijerina

    This makes me very hungry.

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  20. Heather

    My favorite food and author. Very fitting.

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  21. Daniel

    I love your photographs, this is truly amazing!

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  22. Courtney

    My first favorite part of this post are the gorgeous & light-filled photographs. My second favorite part: “gussied strawberries”. YUM!

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  23. Nicola

    The light and food is stunning. Thanks again

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  24. Kankana

    oh how much I love this post. Three of my fav stuff, waffles, mascarpone and strawberries all together in one plate. Breakfast couldn’t get any better!

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  25. Delicious Happens

    Gorgeous! I’m going to make these this weekend!

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  26. Becky

    Kurt sounds like a fabulously wise man :) Great reminder to be in the present – especially as we await our little guy. Maybe we’ll make some waffles in the meantime!!

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  27. Kasey

    We should all ask ourselves these questions every day. xo

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  28. Gabi

    Definitely and incentive to buy a waffle iron! Merci

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  29. Sarah

    Your photos are something else, they really are. Waffles: nailed it.

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  30. Tsofiya

    gorgeous photos! thank you!

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  31. Irina @ wandercrush

    Stunning photos, as usual… so inspirational! The lighting is perfect. I wish I had someone to take photos of me while I cooked 😉

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  32. Elenore

    …So. First I’m gonna eat the sun and the moon, then you and then some of these waffles. Then we can all have a party! <3 I love you Kelsey. You are magical

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  33. sara

    what gorgeous photos. Love the one of pretty you. I need to try waffles of the yeasted variety. Have been reading about them a lot lately and not sure why I haven’t tried that yet. Cheers to mornings with special breakfasts. My most favorite.

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  34. Joy Bela

    It’s supposed to rain all weekend here on Cape Cod- these will be perfect to make, along with a pot of hot coffee, and maybe some reading in bed!

    p.s. I really like that Kurt quote.

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  35. ali

    scrumptious.

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  36. Sequoia

    Beautiful. I love your photos, your words, and your blog altogether. Honest and captivating. Thank you!

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  37. Jacquie

    Blown away after stumbling upon this site. Some of the most beautiful food photography I have seen. The waffles look great too, haha. I need to venture into whole wheat pancakes and waffles, seriously don’t know what is stopping me!

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  38. Amanda // The Cottonwood Journals

    Absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t agree more. The mountains, the oceans, the sweet ponderosa pines are all ours to keep. I’d love to explore the world with you one day. Hopefully our paths will cross.

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  39. Jacqui

    Oh boy do these waffles sound delicious!

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  40. TouràRôme-blogàRôme

    Ah, oui !!!

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  41. Rosemary Cameron

    I was trying to guess what you were making there by just looking at the photos. Grea photos but I was totally wrong, I thought it was a cake. They do look amazing and I love the quote.

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  42. Shira

    This picture journey is just beyond gorgeous – I don’t even know what to say! Thank you for the beautiful images & words. Love the opening quote as well.

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  43. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    Beautiful photos! Those waffles look so perfectly decadent with the generous smearing of mascarpone. I love your blog! : )

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  44. Anika

    Delicious! Can you use creme fraiche instead of mascarpone cheese?

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  45. Amy

    These are probably the prettiest waffles I’ve ever seen… I never thought about eating waffles with mascarpone but I will definitely try it! It looks soooo delicious!!
    xox Amy

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  46. Sam

    These photos are so magical i don’t know what to do! Strawberries and thyme are such a lovely combination !

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  47. Rosie

    Your pictures (taken by your husband, right?) are mind-blowingly amazing. You are both mega talented.

    xxx

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  48. Taylor

    I’m going to send this recipe to my sister so she can make these for her 6 year old in the morning. These waffles will definitely help me earn best aunt status.

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  50. April Cheung 张天漪

    Very impressive!

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  51. Leah

    The food you make is absolutely lovely, as well as the photos taken by your guy.
    Keep it up!

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