So these waffles from Vegan Brunch were inspired by a certain (unnamed) NYC diner’s Chelsea waffles that Isa and her brother enjoyed as kids. Since she’s not privy to the chef’s secrets, Isa decided to recreate them her own bad self.
The magic ingredient? Barley malt syrup, which gives the waffles a wonderful malty taste. I had to special order a bottle from Amazon, which is now occupying valuable real estate in the fridge, but you know what? Totally worth it. Barley malt is the same thing I use to flavor the cream in vegan Twinkies (but in powdered form), so that should give you an idea of how awesome these waffles really are.
I topped mine with maple syrup and fresh strawberries, which was tasty enough; next time around, though, I think I’ll stick with strawberry syrup or perhaps make my own berry sauce. The maple syrup and barley malt seemed to compete with each other for top billing in a way that the strawberries and barley malt did not.
In lieu of barley malt syrup, you can use maple syrup as a sweetener – in which case, methinks maple syrup would be the perfect choice of topping!