Overnight Yeasted Waffles with Banana-Rum Topping

Overnight Yeasted Waffles with Banana Rum Topping

Buttermilk is an ingredient that you will not be able to find on Virgin Gorda. In my pre-island life, while I was living in the South, I had no idea what an important ingredient buttermilk was when it comes to baking. But as a part of adjusting to the island life, I had to learn ways to live without it.
And yes, I know I could substitute it with a mixture made with milk (or yogurt) and lemon, but unfortunately that mixture doesn’t always produce the result that I like when compared to the one made with the real thing.

Overnight Yeasted Waffles with Banana Rum Topping

Prior to living on Virgin Gorda, my favorite waffle recipe was one that was made with buttermilk. When I wanted to make it, I would go to the Publix next door, buy a bottle, come home, stir everything together, and enjoy my freshly made waffles in less than an hour. However, things have changed since we moved to Virgin Gorda. As has usually been the case, living on an island forced me to find an alternative to some of the things that I was used to making.
Though in this case, I have to admit- I am glad it did, because this overnight-yeasted waffle recipe is much better than my old recipe.
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