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Late Bloomin’ {With Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles}

When I was in high school, the cool kids had driver’s licenses and unlimited access to cable TV.  They went to parties and sports camps, and they knew things I didn’t–like where they had been The Day Kurt Cobain Overdosed.

Meanwhile, I raided my mom’s closet for, say, a linen vest that would look good over a mock turtleneck.

My fashion choices were questionable, but I didn’t know that.  I was pretty cut-off from popular culture: I didn’t read Seventeen or People magazine, I didn’t have a driver’s license, and I wasn’t allowed to watch MTV because my parents viewed it as a gateway to childhood behavioral issues, teenage sex, and adult unemployment.

It wasn’t ideal, but I got by with a boom box and my Michael Bolton tapes.  I knew I was behind the coolness curve, but I had finally learned how to shave my legs, so. . . you know.  There was that.

Of course, shaving my legs didn’t keep me from being cast as a dude in the school play, but that’s neither here nor there.

These waffles go out to the late bloomers like me out there.  Because these waffles were a late bloomin’ idea.  Why did it take years before I thought to combine waffles with lemon poppy seed muffins?  I don’t know.  And p.s.–there are a lot of things I don’t know.  Like what band released the Thriller album and who Luke Perry played on 90210.

First I tried lemon poppy seed pancakes.  Disaster.  Then I tried lemon poppy seed waffles with whole wheat flour.  Too heavy.  I played around with this a lot, much to Scott’s delight–which turned into fear, which turned into “OH MY GOD CAN WE PLEASE NOT HAVE POPPY SEEDS FOR DINNER AGAIN.”

One last thing: Who ARE those people who get beautiful photographs of syrup mid-pour?  Are they aliens?  Because I tried and I got syrup on the camera, the floor, and my hair (in that order).

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles {Download & Print Recipe}

Adapted from this regular waffle recipe.


2 eggs

2 c. flour

1 3/4 c. milk

1 stick butter, melted

2 tbsp. sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. poppy seeds

1 tsp. lemon extract

1/4 tsp. salt

zest from 1 lemon


Preheat a waffle iron.  In a medium bowl, beat the eggs well with a whisk.  Add the other ingredients and whisk until smooth.  Pour batter into the waffle iron per the manufacturer’s instructions and cook to desired doneness.

A shoe, a bone, an iPad: my three peeps at play.

UPDATE:  I have been informed by loyal reader Laurie that Kurt Cobain did not die of an overdose.  I stand corrected, but I totally proved my own point and I wasn’t even trying.  

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  1. Dear lord… you just made waffles better… as though that could be done. I cant wait to make these for dinner 🙂

    August 15, 2012
    • Laurent, I love poppy seeds. They are my favorite seed, come to think of it. And waffles are my favorite savory breakfast (I don’t like french toast–how weird is that?) So basically this is my dream waffle, aside from a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. I think that might be the all-time best. . .

      August 15, 2012
      • You don’t like french toast?? Have you tried making it using a sliced croissant or a brioche? I find it much more decadent and interesting that way. Also, I just saw a recipe using french toast as a base topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon.. That really caught my eye as something new to try. (I sound like a french toast evangelist or something!)

        August 15, 2012
        • I know! It’s weird. I love eggs and I love bread but something about what the uncooked egg does to the bread turns me off. I had one french toast that I loved–it was rolled up with apricots and cream cheese. I was about ten when I had it. But then I must have had some gross version because I’ve avoided it ever since. I have never had it with croissant or brioche though. Scott likes French toast of all kinds, so maybe I’ll convince him to get some if I see a croissant or brioche version on a menu someday!

          August 15, 2012
  2. LCA in RIC #

    Thank you for this recipe and that last picture. Perfection.

    August 15, 2012
    • Isn’t that last picture funny? It was totally candid! When Scott comes home, the dogs insist on playing with him on that particular carpet.

      August 15, 2012
  3. mmm I want to forward this to my husband, that way if he cooks me breakfast he will know what to make. 🙂 I was a late bloomer. I was a lot like ugly betty in high school down to the hair and red glasses. Now, I like myself. I wouldn’t define myself as beautiful or ugly. I am me. Take me for what I am.

    That is what inspired me to write. I found myself in my writing. I can make people laugh at everyday ideas or thoughts. I see you found yourself too. I love your blog! I hope you stop by and give your thoughts and keep up.


    August 15, 2012
    • Becca, it’s so interesting that you say that– I wouldn’t define myself in those terms either. And it’s funny to me how tormenting my youth was because I really like the way I turned out. Heading to your blog right now. . . talk soon.

      August 15, 2012
      • Ahh because you didn’t conform. Yes, I often tell my kids that usually those of us most successful in life are those that took our own path. I have no lack of friends now. I have no lack of anything, really. I want them to see that being in the in-crowed isn’t everything. They are young still but that day is around the corner. Thanks for looking at my blog.

        August 15, 2012
        • Good news! My hubby said he is going to make these for me!

          August 16, 2012
  4. Bonnie #

    Could be worse Katherine. I grew up in the big City of Angels (such a misnomer) and have a withering brain full of pop culture facts which leaves me no room for useful information such as where I last left my keys.

    The waffles look scrumptious and I’m enjoying the syrup shot, looks good to me! Also enjoyed the photo of your peeps, did you notice that they all have a right food askew? Too cute!

    Another stellar post, many thanks!

    August 15, 2012
    • I did not notice the right foot! So awesome.

      Have you considered getting one of those things you put on your keys that beeps at you when you clap for them? I had one once. It actually worked. I lost my keys in a grocery store when on a road trip to Florida in 1999, and a police officer found my keys in a barrel of tomatoes BY CLAPPING. I’m not kidding.

      August 15, 2012
  5. This post made me instantly nostalgic for a pair of cordury overalls I wore in middle school. I wore them proudly.

    August 15, 2012
    • I want overalls, J-Bo! I actually just had a conversation with someone about where I might find some. I think they’d be perfect for fall yard-work and general knocking around. I had a pair of denim overalls in middle school and I absolutely loved them. They’re also pretty darn sexy if you wear a tank top under them, right?

      August 15, 2012
  6. I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t know all the cool stuff. And um… until like two seconds ago, I thought Luke Perry WAS the character’s name on whatever that show was… Also, the syrup people have a helper. Though I did learn a cool trick for a solo “fork in mid air” thing. Cup, fork, heavy thing. Voila! Floating fork!

    August 15, 2012
    • Thank you, Brooke, for standing with me in my Luke Perry ignorance.

      I was also ignorant of how to create a floating fork. I had no idea! I’m glad you told me and I’ll try it sometime.

      August 15, 2012
  7. It’s settled, I HAVE to get me a waffle iron. Oh, and one of those neat tennis ball iPad props, too!

    August 15, 2012
    • Hee hee about the tennis ball iPad holder–so much cheaper than the ones they sell at the Apple store, eh? I asked for a waffle iron for Christmas, and am so glad I did! Though sometimes I wish I had asked for a Belgian one…

      August 15, 2012
  8. juanitascocina #

    They may not be aliens, but they clearly have an alien pouring the syrup. Just sayin’.

    August 15, 2012
    • Yeah. And the aliens pour it perfectly because they have, like, 9 fingers on each hand and a perfect, single eye.

      August 15, 2012
  9. Wendy #

    One word for you. Dillon. HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THIS???

    August 15, 2012
    • I seriously didn’t! (I mean, it rings a bell now, but I wouldn’t have thought of it myself.) Can you believe that? I only saw a few episodes when staying at a friend’s house. At my friend’s house there as also soda and chocolate, instead of Tiger’s Milk bars–which were made of carob that tasted like fermented cardboard. Ugh.

      August 15, 2012
  10. a #

    OK – Michael Jackson = Thriller. You cannot exist in this particular universe without knowing that one. I will not believe it.

    That is an awesome picture of your peeps. You should take another one with you there reading a cookbook or something and send it out for Christmas!

    August 15, 2012
    • Ha! I can’t imagine how long it would take to try to get all FOUR of us to line up and not wiggle around for two seconds so someone could take a picture. But we will definitely try!

      I didn’t see the Thriller video until a few years ago–seriously (but I did know MJ sang it. That might be the only part of the post that’s exaggerated, though!)

      August 15, 2012
    • Mom #

      What? You don’t remember our taking you and your brother to see Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video at Disneyland?!! ok, ok, you were only 8 and John was 5, and you probably didn’t quite get the meaning of “the kid is not my son”. But surely you remember the moonwalking? or standing in line for what seemed like hours to get in?


      August 15, 2012
  11. a #

    I come from a family of late bloomers. We like it that way…

    August 15, 2012
    • Did you ever read the kids’ book called “Leo The Late Bloomer”? It was one of my favorites when I was little, for obvious reasons.

      August 15, 2012
  12. Laurie #

    Umm, I hate to point this out, but Cobain shot himself, not an OD.

    August 15, 2012
    • HA! Fittingly, I seriously didn’t know that. It so proves my point.

      August 15, 2012
  13. MrsH #

    Oh man, we could have grown up in the same house – I swear my folks had the same reasons for banning MTV as well as the rock n roll radio station when I was growing up. I was a tomboy and a late bloomer and by the grace of God, I turned out to be a me that I’m pretty darn happy with.

    Also, those waffles look fabulous. Now I just need a waffle iron. Fun fact? Last year, a friend and I threw a brunch party featuring waffles and all sorts of toppings (we called it Waffletoberfest) and it was amazing. I will have to share this recipe with my pal and explain why it should certainly be added for this year.

    August 15, 2012
    • Waffletober fest sounds incredible! If I knew enough people here in Alabama, I’d borrow your idea and throw one of my own. Did you have caramelized bananas as a topping? I love bananas in breakfast foods. And lots of whipped cream. I hope you and your friend play the local rock and roll station during your party, to make up for lost time!

      August 18, 2012
      • MrsH #

        No bananas last year, but it’s on the list of possibles for this year. We did do an amazing Calvados caramel apple topping that was so insanely delicious that we’ve since modified it to a pie recipe that is truly magnificent. And there’s lots of fresh homemade whipped cream, naturally.

        And I think that if you just have a Waffletoberfest, you will soon know LOTS of people in Alabama – I gotta think it’d make you quite a few friends.

        August 20, 2012
  14. I am convinced the only reason I was a ‘popular kid’ in school (despite being an Industrial goth that could not correctly apply kohl) was because people were just plain out shit scared that I was going to murder them all in their sleep one day so wished to appease me for when I cracked. On the very rare occasion that I meet people I went to school with they all express surprise on ‘how much calmer’ I am now…whatever the hell that means!
    I really need to get a waffle iron. I’ve left so many hints around the house but I’m starting to have my suspicions justified that my partner is just really crap at getting hints which is a really sad state of affairs and needs to change.

    August 15, 2012
    • Juls, you were an Industrial goth? I love you that little bit more now. I was your common or garden Shy Goth, kind of the worst of both worlds…

      August 16, 2012
      • I wasn’t a good one though – you needed a lot of cash and time in the morning to be a decent industrial goth and I had neither! I just kinda faked it! I was also too smiley.

        August 16, 2012
  15. Oh, and my parents banned us from watching ‘Rugrats’ because they thought Anjelica would influence my sister and I to be mean to our younger brother. I think we were pretty mean to him anyway (but he’s now a 6’5, built-like-a-brick-shithouse Army Officer so I think we were right to get as much sibling bullying in while we still had the upper hand and, clearly, it proved very character building!)

    August 15, 2012
  16. As children, we weren’t allowed to watch tv, eat sugary cereals, drink kool-aid, eat candy, stay up late, talk to boys, or wear anything cool. My mother used to make a lot of our clothing. It has had varied… consequences. As in: I’m not sure that I have bloomed yet. We WERE allowed to watch The Cosby Show on Thursday evenings. Because that was a somewhat wholesome and culturally relevant program.

    Also, I want a waffle maker. Badly. But I’ll have to ask my mom first.

    (Is is just me, or does The Robot also have a chew toy to play with?)

    August 16, 2012
  17. The people that take pictures of syrup dripping into their waffles also have a particularly special talent beyond photography; how can they watch that all happen without needing to eat it immmeeeeeediately?! Ugh, those food bloggers 😉

    August 16, 2012
  18. Sniff No Evil, Drool No Evil, Swipe No Evil.

    August 16, 2012
  19. i wasn’t allowed to talk on the phone, as in, if anyone ever called for me, my father would say i didn’t live there and to stop calling cus HIS KID WAS DEAD. then i’d show up the next day at school wondering why people were looking at me strange.
    and Luke Perry was Dylan McKay.
    i wasn’t allowed to talk on the phone but i was allowed to stay up late, read whatever i wanted and watched things like 90210, MTV and My So Called Life.

    August 16, 2012
  20. Amy #

    I’m totally with you. My parents didn’t allow me to watch 90210 when it came out and I wasn’t allowed to see Dirty Dancing either! I kinda didn’t want to watch 90210 though, since everyone else was doing it. Anyway, you could say I was a late-bloomer…or maybe just a nerd, I dunno

    This is such a good idea for waffles! You may not have gotten a mid-pour shot, but at least you can see the syrup shiny and puddled on the waffles. When I shot a waffle recipe I made the mistake of pouring it on before I brought it into the room I was going to take the pic in…and by the time I got there, the waffle had completely absorbed the syrup. You live, you learn.

    August 16, 2012
  21. Kristen Allen #

    So, my husband is a chef (I know?! Right?!) and my niece is a photographer who’s done quite a bit of food photos. The tell me the secret to the syrup shot is 1) have a helper and 2) thicken the syrup. Add cornstarch or something AND chill the syrup right-the-frig-down. It will significantly slow the pour time, so that the photo shot has that “flow” in it. Oh, and, my niece tends to put herself at really weird angles to get those shots, too. Like standing on top of the table shooting from directly above the plates and such.

    August 16, 2012
  22. musingmar #

    Mmm, these waffles sound good! I’d love to try them but I’ll have to buy a waffle iron first (and I call myself Belgian). I can relate to the uncool early years as I was a late bloomer myself (and I played the accordion – my Mother’s idea- so that didn’t help). Clearly though we late bloomers turn out to be pretty cool in the long run!

    August 16, 2012
  23. That photo! For some reason A Chorus Line sprung to mind. “One singular sensation…” 😉

    August 16, 2012
  24. Woah, it sounds like we had almost the same childhood. Also not allowed: Barbies. And if we were hungry, we had to climb one of our trees and get fruit. In my 20’s, friends often offered to make lists of all the movies I missed and should know about as an American. I watched about 15 off of someone’s list one year, but I am still WAY behind.

    August 16, 2012
  25. Two tips for lighter waffles, which will allow you to put some whole wheat back in them. First, buy yourself some whole wheat pastry flour, a fine milled flour developed for lightness in baked goods. Then, separate your eggs, beat the yolks and whites separately — it only takes five minutes and if you beat the whites first you can use the “dirty” beaters in the yolks. Fold the whites into your waffle batter just before making the first waffle and don’t get obsessive about it — you can leave little islands of egg white, which will get absorbed as each waffle bakes. Now you know how to make waffles light enough to float or fly.

    Overalls, especially short overalls, are one of my favorite fashion statements — they may not look good, but they are cute and comfortable and more modest than regular shorts. I have denim blue and bright red. And, for good measure, I have dark red velveteen long overalls for cold days (more flattering).

    August 16, 2012
  26. Ha! – love the last pic – PRICELESS! Waffles look Yummy – might have to get some:) Happy Thursday!

    August 16, 2012
  27. Oh, waffles, I love you so, and breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! And, YES, Katherine, who ARE those people who get beautiful photographs of syrup mid-pour? I don’t know them. ARE they aliens? Pro-syrup pour-ers? Inquiring food bloggers wanna know. Great post, fellow late-bloomer, and as always, great pics! Syrup mid-pour? I say, pffft! Who needs it? =)

    August 16, 2012
  28. debbieida #

    I just might have to buy a waffle-maker for this one. Yum! I’m not a big fan of French toast either, but I do love my husband’s pancakes, especially with blueberries and whipped cream. I just might have to try lemon poppy seed pancakes too.

    August 16, 2012
  29. Oh! My! Woooooooooorrrrrrrrrd! You just HAD to go and break out the waffles, didn’t you?! I had a waffle iron for about 20 years and used it regularly. After it finally went kapoot, I went on a hunt for one just like it but without any luck. It’s been about 7 years since I had to toss it… I want another waffle iron!

    I love the ‘my three peeps’ image! You post some really awesome pictures!

    August 17, 2012
  30. I was about in the same place as you… and Movita too… but I tried to get it all at the neighbor’s until her mom told her she couldn’t share the Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms and Pop Tarts anymore cause they were too expensive.
    Then my parents divorced when I was 8, which of course was devastating but my mom stopped making hand made clothes.
    I love lemon poppy seed and I’m sure I’ll love these waffles. Nice Laguiole knives I think there too 🙂

    August 20, 2012
  31. i saw a segment on the news today where they do that whole “here’s what this year’s incoming college freshmen know” thing? they said that the freshmen wouldn’t know how Kurt Cobain died, but they would know him as always being dead. because they’re that young. so don’t feel uncool, because you’re now as cool as a incoming college freshman. i bet they have no IDEA who luke perry is, or even what a mock turtleneck is, for that matter. the takeaway? you’re cool now.

    i also dislike french toast. it’s soggy, and why make soggy, involved toast when you could just have nice regular toast? mystery. but i DO love waffles and lemon poppyseed things, and i’m super excited about this culinary development, even if scott has been permanently freaked out by over-poppyseeding. i wonder if i could use more zest versus extract? i’m bad about buying tons of extracts, and i don’t think i have lemon extract. i DO have orange extract…hmmm…that may be good.

    August 21, 2012
  32. virginialicious #

    That’s one good photo right there at the end 🙂 So cute!!

    August 22, 2012

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