Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles Recipe
By: Sara De Leeuw
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Hi Adventurers! We are off on another grand excursion this month! This time, I was blessed to go with some of my fellow IEShineOn writers and editors and this adorable team of “junior journalists” to tour Greenspot Farms in Mentone!
A little off the beaten path, Greenspot Farms is what I would call “a hidden gem” in the Inland Empire. Greenspot Farms is a real working farm with acres of citrus and avocado trees, plenty of animals for the kids to see and touch, their own honey farm, a small working train for kids to ride and enjoy.
In the fall they offer a pumpkin patch and host Haunted Hayrides that take guests through their haunted farm. In winter, you can find Christmas trees for sale, and they even have a gorgeous outdoor wedding venue!
Located at 10133 Ward Way in Mentone, California, Greenspot Farm was a fun place for us to spend the morning! Our junior journalists had a blast meeting the animals, getting to climb all over the trains, play on the wooden swings, explore the tractors and farm equipment, enjoy the flowers and just hang out together.
Just outside the general store are big bins filled with Greenspot Farm current seasonal produce! Right now, that included local honey, avocados, lemons and grapefruit! For this month’s recipe, I choose to pick up some of their fresh, local honey as well as a few lemons. Lemons and honey make a delicious flavor combination and I knew I would have a great time with them when I got back to my kitchen!
Since Spring seems to be Brunch Season, I decided to make a classic Lemon Poppy Seed Waffle and pair it with a rich Honey Butter Cream Syrup! This dish is perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day or any other day you might feel like having Waffles!
Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine the sugar and fresh lemon zest. Rub the zest and sugar together until the lemon zest releases its flavor and is thoroughly combined with the sugar.
Add lemon sugar mix to the dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and milk. Whisk to combine.
Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir to combine. Carefully stir in poppy seeds and let the batter rest while you preheat your waffle iron.
Once the waffle iron is heated, spray the iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour a little less than a 1/4 cup (3 tablespoons) of batter per waffle into the waffle iron and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes or according to your manufacturers' instructions.
Serve with warmed honey and butter!
Waffles can be kept in the freezer in an airtight container for up to four weeks!
Don’t these look fantastic? I’d certainly be happy with a plate of these in front of me!
Until next time adventurers! I want to encourage you to get out and explore your local area! Discover some hidden gems of your own! Where would you like to see me go next? Leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to check out some of your favorite spots too!
Do you want to tour Greenspot Farms or participate in any of their fun, family activities? Follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all their events!