A while ago my girlfriend came home with some matcha tea powder that someone gave to her at work. She handed it to me kind of nonchalantly and said “Maybe you can use this for something.” I was super excited! She had no idea that I had secretly been following the matcha craze for a while trying to justify the pricey ingredient purchase but never managed to pull the trigger. Despite my enthusiasm, it sat inside our cubboard for over a month before I got the idea to use as an ingredient in my classic buttermilk waffle recipe. It was a risk for many reasons but the main one being, it was going to be served as dinner to the family. Now before I go on let me just say that my crew knows food. My girlfriend is my greatest critic and greatest supporter. She likes to say that she eats a wider variety of food since shacking up with a recipe developer (that’s me!) but I believe she was born with a discerning palate and just needed me to bring it out. Our boys, ages 5 and 7 can pinpoint a single ingredient that’s new or different in any tried and true recipe. Cute, right? It’s annoying! But I digress…
Back to my story… it was 6pm on a Tuesday night and I was going for it. Out came the waffle maker and the matcha powder. There was no turning back and no back-up dinner plan but starvation or take-out. The kids and the dogs swirled around me as I mixed up the batter which is normal except tonight, the kids were pretending to be dogs so I essentially had 4 living creatures barking and tripping me as I furiously tried to Make. This. Shit. Work. After unlocking the 5 year old from the little dogs cage and helping the 7 year old out of a sneaker induced melt down, I lifted my first waffle from the maker. It looked and smelled delicious but I still wasn’t sure about the flavor profile. My 7 year old curiously asked “What’s that mom?” aka “Am I gonna starve tonight?” and in an attempt to make him like the freaking things, I said “Ninja Turtle Waffles!” Now, anyone who knows me knows I don’t do “kid food”. I have nothing against it if you want to cut shit up into cute shapes and go HAM on molding your kids food into little characters, I just ain’t doing it. Ya dig? Well, it freaking worked cause the kid said “Cool! Can I have some?”. And of course being the food blogger first, I said “Sure!, right after you help me photograph it.” So off we went to photograph the waffles and as my kids helped me set up the shot, the 7 year old said “Good, job mom! You made sewer cap waffles.”. The shot was taken, the kids and the girlfriend ate every damned bite! Praise the lord!
So here it is folks, I took a fancy pants expensive ass ingredient and turned it into a sewer cap. Gotta love how kids bring you right back down to earth. Right? No fancy stuff here. Just one home filled with chaos, love and food, lots of food.
Matcha Chocolate Chip Waffles Aka Ninja Turtle Sewer Cap Waffles
Makes 6 large waffles
Note: If you leave the matcha powder out of this recipe you will still have a batch of amazing buttermilk waffles.
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons match powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat your waffle iron.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This takes some arm strength. Thank god I work out!
3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, matcha powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, butter, sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Do not overmix.
4. Pour 1/3 cup of batter onto the waffle maker and top with 1 1/2 tablespoons of chocolate chips. Cook according to your waffle makers specifications. Serve waffles right away with butter, syrup and whipped cream or cool and wrap in waxed paper, foil and pop inside a ziplock freezer bag to save for a mother day. Defrost and pop in a toaster oven to reheat.