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Citrus waffles with honey labne

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for citrus waffles with honey labne.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4 - 6
  • 50 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking plus draining, proving
Citrus waffles with honey labne
Citrus waffles with honey labne


  • 500 gm thick natural yoghurt
  • 100 gm honey
Citrus waffles
  • 10 gm (1 tbsp) dried yeast
  • 125 gm butter, diced
  • 450 ml milk
  • 450 gm (3 cups) plain flour
  • 80 gm caster sugar
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Citrus salad
  • 250 gm caster sugar
  • 125 ml (½ cup) orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp orange-blossom water, or to taste
  • 2 oranges and 1 ruby grapefruit, segmented
  • 2 mandarins, pith removed, thickly sliced


  • 1
    Stir yoghurt and honey in a bowl to combine, transfer to a muslin-lined sieve, place over a bowl and refrigerate to drain overnight (discard liquid). Honey labne will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 3 days.
  • 2
    For yeasted citrus waffles, stir yeast and 125ml lukewarm water in a bowl until yeast dissolves. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat, add milk and warm gently until lukewarm, then remove from heat and add to yeast mixture. Combine flour, sugar, rinds and a pinch of salt in a separate bowl, make a well in the centre, add milk mixture, then orange juice and mix to form a rough dough. Cover with plastic wrap and stand until doubled in size (1½-2 hours). Beat in eggs and baking powder until well incorporated, then cook waffles in a heated waffle iron until golden and crisp (4-5 minutes, you’ll need to spread the batter in the iron and it will puff up as it cooks). Keep warm in a low oven if necessary.
  • 3
    For citrus salad, stir sugar, orange juice, rind and 200ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the simmer and cook until lightly syrupy and rinds are translucent (10-15 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and orange-blossom water and cool to room temperature. Just before serving, pour syrup onto citrus segments and mandarin slices. Serve waffles warm topped with citrus salad and honey labne.


Drink Suggestion: Sweet mead. Drink suggestion by Max Allen