Cava Brunch: Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles with Smoked Salmon & Sour Cream (GF)

DO Cava and Cava Discovery Week sponsored this post.

I know you don’t need to have an excuse to have a Bubbly Brunch but when you have crisp fluffy smoked salmon waffles beside your gorgeous glass of aged cava, I don’t see how you can resist.

Cava: not just any sparkling wine 

Cava is an excellent wine choice. As with champagne, it is made in the traditional method and it is fermented and aged in bottle leading to some excellent wines.

Cava has a DO (denomination of origin) which means that it can only be made in specific areas, although 95% of cava is made in Penedès in Catalonia. Cava is made primarily with indigenous Spanish grapes, Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo. Other grapes like chardonnay are also added at times.

Cava can be white or rosé and as part of the traditional method cava has two fermentations, the second being in bottle where it can also be aged. Reserva, Gran Reserva and Cava de Paraje wines are all aged high quality cava wines which you can enjoy in some terrific Spanish tapas bars and restaurants across the UK this week. 

Cava Discovery Week: 18-24 November

Cava Discovery Week takes place nationwide from 18 to 24 November 2019. Bars and restaurants all over the UK are hosting events, serving up tasting menus and matching cava to tapas. Find where is participating near you on the Cava Discovery Week map:

Enjoying cava with your cooking at home

Aged cava is lovely on its own but it is a terrific food wine and match for most foods. Cava goes particularly well with rich foods like smoked salmon. It is a perfect partner for my fluffy buttermilk waffles with smoked salmon and sour cream. Who doesn’t love a decadent brunch with some gorgeous bubbles on the side? 

Gluten-Free crisp and fluffy buttermilk waffles 

As always this is easy. You can make it easier and better by making your waffle batter the night before. Let it rest in the fridge where it will improve overnight. I made these for a gluten-free guest and was delighted with them, discovering that not only are they as fluffy as my regular buttermilk waffles, but they are also crispier (down to the rice flour in most GF flour blends). Not gluten free? Just use 250g plain flour in place of the gluten free plain flour and tapioca flour. 

Fluffy Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles with Smoked Salmon & Sour Cream
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Fluffy Gluten Free Buttermilk Waffles with Smoked Salmon & Sour Cream


    for 6-8 waffles
  • 225g plain gluten free flour
  • 25g tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 25g brown sugar
  • 50g melted butter
  • pinch sea salt
  • 475ml buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • Smoked salmon - as much as you like!
  • 2 tbsp sour cream per 2 waffles
  • chives, to garnish
  • extra butter to grease the waffle maker


  • Place all dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk the eggs with the buttermilk and add the melted butter. Slowly add to the dry ingredients whisking gently as you do - not too much as it will lose lightness.
  • If possible, allow to sit for an hour.
  • Brush some melted butter on the plates of a heated waffle maker (you can add a knob of butter which will melt swiftly and brush it around with a pastry brush). Per waffle pour a ladleful in the waffle maker and cook on high until golden.
  • Serve 2 waffles per person with 2 tbsp sour cream, a few slices of smoked salmon and some chives.




    Written by Niamh
    Cooking and travelling, and sharing it all with you.