Woke up under a golden sun this morning, the street washed fresh with a spatter of rain, the promise of a brunch with friends on the horizon. Mornings like this are delicious.
So, what does one take to brunch when one is eating vegan? I thought it would be fun to host a “Brunch Week” here on CK because the sheer amount of divinely fun vegan foods is enough to blow your mind, and make you want to put your pearls on for five days of proper partying.
You ready? Gird up thy tastebuds, guys. This is gonna get good.
Meyer Lemons are in season right now, and every time I see them appear in the produce stands, I grab a bag, run straight home, slice them open, and sniff in the mellow sweetness that is the Meyer Lemon.
Then, I squeeze their little souls into a pan and make homemade Meyer Lemon syrup.
Then I walk around for the rest of the day sniffing my fingertips, because they smell like spring.
Now, here’s where this brunch idea takes a turn for the splendid.
In the refrigerated section of Whole Foods (and other health food stores), you can find flat packages of Mochi–sweet brown rice pounded into a thick paste–just a waitin’ to be turned into waffles. Mochi can be turned into a lot of other things, but watch how magical Mochi Waffles are.
You simply slice a sheet of Mochi into 1/4″ thin pieces, then place them on your waffle iron.
I like to spray my waffle iron, just to make sure the mochi puffs up nicely and doesn’t stick to the pan.
Then, pop the lid of your waffle iron right down over your mochi, and….
Look! Crisp-chewy little waffles.
Imagine yourself showing up to your next brunch with a waffle iron and little sheets of mochi for a Make-Your-Own Waffle station. Are you getting the vision here?
Imagine yourself rocking the wide world into a mochi celebration.
This is going to be big, I can feel it.
Serve the waffles quickly, for best results. They’ll flatten in a matter of minutes and become sticky and less fun to eat if you wait, so stick them in your mouth quick and prepare to be changed for the better.
A drizzle of lemon syrup? Yes, please.
Best brunch treat ever? Yes, thank you.
Vegan Mochi Waffles with Meyer Lemon Syrup
6 Meyer Lemons
1 cup turbinado sugar or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 package brown rice mochi
Squeeze lemons. Toss freshly-squeezed juice into a medium pot. Add the sugar or maple syrup to the lemon juice. Cook just until the sugar is dissolved, or just until the mixture is boiling, then remove from heat and set aside. Stir in pecans, if desired.
Open the package of mochi. With a very sharp knife, cut the mochi into 6 even pieces. Turn each piece onto it's side and slice each into three thin sheets. Place the sliced mochi onto a waffle iron which has been lightly sprayed with nonstick olive oil spray. Cook just until puffy and firm, you don't want to overcook the mochi or it will become hard, dry, and unenjoyably crispy.
Serve immediately drizzled with syrup. Enjoy!