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Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries

Makes 6 servings

Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries

James Carrier
 2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
 1/3 cup orange juice
 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
 1/2 cup whipping cream
 1 teaspoon vanilla
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 large egg
 1 cup milk
 3 tablespoons melted butter
  Cooking oil spray
  Powdered sugar
Step 1

In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium heat, stir cherries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla bean until cherries are juicy and sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer; stir occasionally until cherries are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; if making up to 2 days ahead, cover and chill (reheat before serving).

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a bowl with a mixer on low speed, beat mascarpone, cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and chill up to 2 days (if needed, whisk to thicken before serving).

Step 3

In another bowl, mix 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a bowl, beat egg to blend with milk and butter. Stir into flour mixture until evenly moistened.

Step 4

Turn a waffle iron to high heat; spray both sides lightly with cooking oil spray. When hot, add about 1 1/4 cups batter; close iron and cook until waffle is well browned, about 9 minutes. Remove waffle; keep warm on a baking sheet in a 200° oven up to 15 minutes. Repeat to cook remaining waffles.

Step 5

Place a waffle on each of 6 dessert plates; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Top with cherries and juice (discard vanilla bean), then mascarpone cream.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 632Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g51%

Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 376mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 78g26%

Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
Protein 10g20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.