Ambrosia Belgian Waffles
This recipe is based on a favourite restaurant dish, from my childhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Almost any time we went to breakfast at a restaurant up the road - Original Pancake House - I’d order the ambrosia waffles.
Sometimes I’d be more in the mood for their seafood crepes, but 9 times out of 10, it was the waffles.
They were waffles topped with cream cheese, and then piled high with strawberries and banana slices.
Unf. SO good.
Having not had access to them for YEARS, ambrosia waffles were literally the first thing on my mind when I ordered my waffle maker, in writing Beyond Flour: A Fresh Approach to Gluten-Free Cooking & Baking.
Developing This Recipe
This recipe is a bit different from any other recipe that’s at all associated with a gluten-free version:
I actually started this out as a gluten-free recipe!
Yes, while many people are used to converting “normal” recipes to gluten-free, I had to adapt my gluten-free recipe to a non-GF version for this entry!
The gluten-free one is fantastic, of course... but many people don’t need their waffles to be gluten-free, so here we are!
I’m assured that these are every bit as tasty as my GF waffles, and that they’re the best waffles he’s ever had, though!
When it came to the cream cheese, I went off in my own direction, looking to make a lightly sweetened cream cheese sauce, rather than the thick spread used on the source material.
The strawberries and bananas were kept the same, because I love it that way.
Ambrosia Belgian Waffle Variations
This recipe is fantastic as-is, but there are easy tweaks you can do to personalize it:
Sometimes, I’ll add a little citrus zest to the batter. Lemon, orange, a bit of both... whatever.
- Add or decrease the milk to make it thicker or thinner, to your tastes.
- Add a bit of citrus zest if you like.
- You can use non-dairy milk for the sauce if you’d like. We usually use almond milk, as we rarely have cow’s milk on hand.
Feel free to add, subtract, or change the fruits involved, if you like!
Berries, bananas, melon balls, peaches - a lot of fruit goes well with cream cheese sauce!
I’m 90% sure the source material had whipped cream on top, though I’ve never bothered.
IMHO, it doesn’t need it - but feel free to top with whipped cream if you like. For that matter, feel free to add sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or anything else that you feel inspired to add!
How to Make Ambrosia Belgian Waffles
Cream Cheese Sauce
In a small saucepan, carefully whisk together softened cream cheese with milk until smooth.
Add sugar and salt, whisk once more to combine. Heat just to a simmer, whisking constantly to dissolve the sugar.
Note: I'm lazy, so I usually do it a bit differently:
Forget the cream cheese, just put the brick of it in the pot, straight from the fridge.
Measure out the milk, sugar, and salt over the cold brick of cream cheese.
Heat it up over medium-low heat, gently breaking it up as the cheese softens.
Eventually, whisk together a smooth sauce.
The Belgian Waffles
Heat your waffle iron, following the manufacturer’s directions.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, whisk well to combine.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir until well combined - but don’t overbeat it.
Ambrosia Waffle Assembly
Follow your waffle iron instructions to cook the waffles.
As your waffles are cooking, slice your bananas and strawberries
Spread cream cheese sauce over hot waffles, top with strawberry and banana.
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Ambrosia Belgian Waffles
Cream Cheese Sauce:
- 8 oz Cream cheese room temperature
- ⅓ cup Milk
- 1 Tbsp Granulated sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp Granulated sugar
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 ¾ cups Buttermilk
- ¼ cup Vegetable oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Fresh strawberries sliced
- Banana sliced
- In a small saucepan, carefully whisk together softened cream cheese with milk until smooth.
- Add sugar and salt, whisk once more to combine.
- Heat just to a simmer, whisking constantly to dissolve the sugar
- Heat your waffle iron, following the manufacturer’s directions.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, whisk well to combine.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir until well combined - but don’t overbeat it.
- Follow your waffle iron instructions to cook the waffles.
- Spread cream cheese sauce over hot waffles, top with strawberry and banana.