Waffle recipe makes its debut at Distinctive Inns of New England for Waffle Day

According to DaysoftheYear.com, Friday, March 25th is Waffle Day, a day that the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) celebrate with their own special recipes at the breakfast table.  This year, Dave and Sue Labrie, owners and innkeepers at Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, will use Waffle Day to debut their new Double Chocolate Waffle recipe, perhaps among the most decadent of the homemade, creative and delicious breakfasts they offer.

Before we share that, a little history on Waffle Day is in order.  According to DaysoftheYear.com, Waffle Day began in Sweden and marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles. There is a second celebration of waffles referred to as National Waffle Day which began in the US and honors the anniversary of the patenting of the first US waffle iron invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, NY. National Waffle Day and is celebrated on 24th August.

Nothing tops of a fabulous New England inn romantic getaway better than an inn-crafted breakfast.  Step aside frozen waffles and warm yogurt (found at hotel breakfast bars) and say hello to the creative, local and hand-crafted breakfasts served at Distinctive Inns of New England.  Why start your day with the kind of do-it-yourself breakfast you have to resort to at home? You’re on vacation! Sit back, let the DINE innkeepers start your day with creative fare.

If you can’t join us at a DINE inn for Waffle Day, here are few recipes you might try in your own kitchen.

Dave’s Double-Chocolate Waffle Recipe from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina

(makes 10 – 4” waffles / 2 waffles per person)

Recipe for Double Chocolate Waffles from Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaIngredients:

2 Cups all-purpose Flour

3 Tablespoons Hershey’s “Special Dark” Cocoa

2 tablespoons Sugar

1 tablespoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Ovaltine Chocolate Malted Milk Powder

** Nestle’ Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (as desired)

Chocolate waffles from Inn at Harbor Hill Marina2 large eggs

1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 3/4 Cups low-fat milk

1 Teaspoon Vanilla


  1. Add dry ingredients to smaller mixing bowl, mix well & set aside.
  2. Add remaining “wet” ingredients to larger bowl, blend until smooth and then add above dry ingredients.
  3. Fold dry ingredients into wet batter. Important, do not over mix. It’s ok to have large ½” lumps in batter.
  4. Let batter sit for 15-30 minutes before using.
  5. Turn Waffle Iron on and set to highest setting “Crispy”. (Waffle Iron heats up in approx. 5 minutes).
  6. Pour just under ½ cup batter into each 4” square. Note: batter spreads and rises, so you don’t want to overfill your waffle iron squares or batter will come out the sides.
  7. Sprinkle approx. 1 Tablespoon Choc Chip Morsels over each waffle before closing waffle iron.
  8. Cook until steam evaporates (approx 3-4 minutes).
  9. Cook until steam evaporates (approx 3-4 minutes).



  1. NEVER USE COOKING SPRAY (nothing is needed on waffle iron)
  2. Serve 2 waffles per person
  3. Top with sliced Strawberries, Whipped Cream and finish by drizzling warmed Nutulla or Choc sauce overall.


Of course, with cranberries practically the “state fruit” of Cape Cod, it makes good sense that we’d share the Captain House Inn’s signature recipe for Cranberry waffles, a colorful treat for guests.

Cranberry Waffles from Captain’s House Inn

(Serves 8)


Cranberry Waffles from Captain's House Inn2 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour

¼ Cup Baking Powder

1 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Sugar

4 Eggs, separated

1 Cup Milk

6 Tbsp Oil

2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (well drained) coated with 2 Tbsp sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites, just until stiff, moist peaks form. In another bowl, without washing the beaters, beat yolks lightly.
  3. Stir in the milk and oil, blend well. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients, beat until smooth. Fold in the beaten egg whites.  Add sugared cranberries.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated waffle pan.


Visit each of the Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites.  Better yet, visit them in person and rest assured you’ll enjoy a safe stay with comfortable, welcoming accommodations  and a delicious and home-cooked breakfast in DINE country.

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton