Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote & Hello 2015!

Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


I’M BACK, BABY! And I want to say Happy New Year to you! I took a long, sweet hiatus over the past few weeks, and I feel so great – full of inspiration and ready to take this year to a whole new level. I’ve got a whole lot planned for The Sugar Hit 2015, so let me fill you in on the developments…


…and then we’ll talk waffles.


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


The Sugar Hit is ready to level up. That means I’m going to be doing MORE posts, MORE often, and with A LOT MORE variety. So here’s what you can expect:


  • Street Food Monday is back, with a new name tag…INTERNATIONAL EATS! Every Monday a new recipe inspired by some exotic location. And don’t worry, there will be no shortage of street food!
  • More real food recipes. By which I mean that I will be sharing more of the recipes that I make on the regular to feed myself. These will be budget-friendly, full of good things, and straight up delicious.
  • I’m introducing a new weekend column called ‘Let’s make…‘. Every week I’ll try my hand and bringing some from-scratch craziness into the world. Real weekend kitchen-project stuff.
  • A weekly ‘Internet Picnic‘ where I’ll be sharing the most insane spread of food blog goodness that I can find, plus a few conversation pieces mixed in.
  • V I D E O S! Yup, I’m as scared as you are, but 2015 will be the year that I start my YouTube channel! Get keen!
  • More different ways to interact with The Sugar Hit Kitchen…I’m working on Books, eBooks, and maybe even some sweet t-shirts and thangs to send your way…
  • ….and all the usual over-the-top 12 layer cake SUGAR HIT STYLE GOODNESS!


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


Like I said, it’s going to be a mental year, and I’m so.freaking.psyched about it! I really hope that you come along for the ride, and bring ten of your friends, too. I’m incredibly excited about building up even more of a community of food-freaks around here. Let’s start a club! Let’s get jackets!


And now, because I always say start as you mean to go on, let’s talk WAFFLES!


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


These babies are beer waffles. Because beer at breakfast is for champions. They are malty, crisp, and moreish, and did I mention they have BEER in them?! ‘Nuff said.


To top off these crisp-edged discs of delicious, I’ve made a super-quick, super-simple cherry compote. Just a bag of frozen cherries (no pitting), a few tablespoons of maple and a splash of water, thickened with arrowroot (or tapioca powder, or cornstarch would work).


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


On top of the cherries and beery waffles, I like a dollop of thick greek yoghurt. That combination of malty, sour-tinged waffle with sweet and smoky maple cherries is set off perfectly by the creamy tang of yoghurt. And if you wanted to go all out, I bet it would be even more decadently delicious with a splodge of sour cream or creme fraiche.


I think these are the perfect thing to serve the morning after a big night, as a little nod to the ‘hair of the dog’ philosophy. But really, they are perfect for any time you’ve got a friend over who’s willing to work the waffle iron while you stir the cherries! Just pour me a mug of black coffee, and then I’m more than ready for waffles and gossip. PERFECT SUNDAY!


xx Sarah.


P.S. Waffles & Gossip is the name of my future autobiography. 2015 here we come!


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote // The Sugar Hit


Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote & Hello 2015!
Puffy, crisp waffles made with beer, and topped with maple cherry compote.
Serves: Serves 8
For the waffles:
  • 2 + ¼ cups (335g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 75g (3/4 stick) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (185ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (250ml) beer - I used a german lager
For the compote:
  • 2 cups frozen pitted cherries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder (or tapioca powder or cornstarch)
  1. Place the dry ingredients for the waffles into a bowl and whisk together. Add the eggs, maple, butter, buttermilk and beer and whisk together slowly, until everything is combined. Don't worry about a few lumps.
  2. Cook the waffles on your waffle iron, on a medium-high setting, according to manufacturer's instructions. Keep them warm on a metal cake rack in a low oven - the cake rack allows air to circulate and stops them getting soggy.
  3. While the waffles are cooking, place the cherries, maple and 2 tbsp water into a small saucepan. Heat until the cherries are defrosted, and the mixture comes to a boil. Place the arrowroot into a small separate bowl, and add 2 tsp of water and mix. Add the arrowroot mix to the cherries and stir until just thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Serve the waffles with the cherry compote, and a splodge of yoghurt or creme fraiche.



  1. These look AWESOME. Beer + Waffles is like my drunk food; I never thought to combine the two together in one recipe. Also, super excited about all the new columns on your blog! Can’t wait to read them!

  2. OMG so, SO MUCH to love about this post, Sarah!!!!! I am beyond words excited for every single 2015 Sugar Hit thing you listed — international eats, real food, VIDEOS (!!!), everything! And these waffles… no. words. Beer & waffles sound like a match made in heaven. Happy happy new year, lady!! So so excited to follow TSH into 2015!

    • YAAAAAY! Thank you for all your kindness and excitement Cynthia!

  3. Food gang! I am so excited to see what you do this year, Sarah!! and a YouTube channel!!! I am so excited.

  4. Wow these look so great! Plus the husband will eat anything if it has beer added :) Looking forward to your new adventures!

  5. Omg! Your year is going to be so exciting, and I’m already inspired! You are gonna be one busy lady, but I can’t wait to follow it all! Happy 2015!

  6. Beer for breakfast, this sounds right up my street!

    Your new features sound great, I’m looking forward to reading them.

    Katie xoxo

  7. Thank goodness you are back! I been missing the sugar hit every week from your blog. I simply love the new things that are coming! The real things you eat sound particularly awesome ;)
    Waffles + beer will always mean happiness..

  8. Woot woot! Looking forward to all this awesome stuff in 2015. And now I’m really looking forward to breakfast. Any excuse to have beer at breakfast time is good in my book! XO

  9. Happy 2015! sounds like an exciting year ahead. Can’t wait to see what you got goin on sista.

  10. YAY!!! so many exciting things happening in 2015!! CAN”T WAIT!!!!!

  11. Sarah! These plans sound amazing! I am so excited to be following you this year!

    All the best- I’m sure this year will be a cracker!

    Erin x

  12. These waffles sound so wonderful and so do all of your plans for 2015! Excited to keep reading!

  13. Wow 2015 is going to be awesome on the Sugar Hit. I want the book, the video the ebook the movie and of course the tshirt!

  14. Beer waffles?! Yum. That’s new to me.
    Can’t wait for your YouTube channel :D

  15. Yum! What’s not to love?! Do you use sweet or sour cherries in your compote? I’m thinking it would be good over panna cotta too and I have sour cherries in the freezer from last summer. Thank you!

    • Hi Nancy – I use sweet cherries. It’s a tragedy, but I can’t get my hands on sour cherries where I live. I think this would be great with sour cherries (they would really compliment the beery waffles) but you might have to add more maple, or a combination of white sugar and maple syrup to sweeten up those cherries! I’d love to hear how it goes if you try it out.

  16. If this is the way you are starting the year it is going to be an epic ride. I can’t wait! Beer + Waffles of course!

    • I made these waffles and filled them with sausage and cheese. They were awesome! I know it is only January but Beer Waffles might be my favorite food of 2015!

  17. These waffles ar the bomb! It’s grey, rainy and cold here in Barcelona and all I want right now is to own a waffle iron and start making these!!! Waaa, time to save some money!


  18. What a great year to come – sounds fabulous! I don’t have a waffle iron, but posts like this certainly make me wish I owned one!

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