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Polenta Waffles with Balsamic Berry Compote

Polenta Waffles with Balsamic Berry Compote

These Polenta Waffles with Balsamic Berry Compote, made with instant polenta, and topped with a fresh berry compote, certainly fill the bill for special.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breads – Biscuits & Muffins, Breakfast
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


  • For the Polenta Waffles
  • 1 ¾ cup 2% buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • cup extra virgin olive oil plus more for oiling the waffle iron
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour can be gluten-free
  • 1 cup instant polenta or fine cornmeal not coarse ground
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the Balsamic Berry Compote
  • cup each light brown and granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 ounces fresh blueberries*
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries*
  • 6 ounces fresh blackberries*
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • *You could use frozen if desired. If you do do not add additional water, unless necessary, as the fruit will give a lot of it.
  • Mascarpone cheese or whipping cream optional


  • Make the Balsamic Berry Compote: In a non-reactive saucepan (this simply means one not made out of aluminum, which most of us don't even have anymore, so probably anything you do have will work fine) heat the sugars and balsamic together until the sugars have dissolved. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes. Set-aside. (Can be made a day in advance; heat slightly or bring to room temperature before serving).
  • Make the Polenta Waffles: In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and oil. In a separate large bowl, blend together the dry ingredients; pour in the wet ingredients, mix to combine.
  • Heat your waffle iron per manufacturer's instructions; drop the batter onto the hot waffle iron (that you have coated with oil or cooking spray) and cook until your waffle is done to your desired degree of crispness.
  • To Serve: Place 2 waffle squares onto a plate, top with a dollop of mascarpone cheese, if desired, and spoon compote over.
    If using whipped cream, I would put that on top, but that's just me
Keyword cornmeal waffles, fresh berry sauce, polenta waffles
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