Right after Thanksgiving, my husband caught one of those Black Friday deals and ordered a….waffle iron!!! Not just any waffle iron, mind you. It is a lovely, stainless steel one made by Black & Decker. It makes 4 square waffles at a time. And, I’m saving the best for last – it has nonstick, removable griddles, making for super-easy cleanup!
Anyways, our brand new kitchen gadget arrived at our front door one day last week. Alas, last week was one of THOSE weeks and I did not get to use it. So, this morning I concluded: What better way to start off a Monday than with fresh, delicious waffles? I decided to try a recipe that I saw on Bobby Flay’s Food Network Show, “Brunch at Bobby’s.” Or something like that, I think. You know, the one where he makes breakfast foods that look so scrumptious you actually find yourself drooling at the TV? Yep, that’s the one. So, I gave this recipe a try:
Belgian Waffles (recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay)
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1½ cups buttermilk
Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk in a small bowl. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Set the batter aside at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat your waffle iron and brush the grate with melted butter. Cook waffles until golden brown.
I am so happy with our new waffle iron! The waffles did not stick at all. I did figure out that if you’re going for golden brown, crispy waffles, then it is necessary to wait a few more minutes even after the ready light has gone off. That’s the way my kids like them!
The waffles were tasty and delicious, although I do think they were a bit on the heavy side. I suppose that was from the buttermilk. However, that did not seem to make a difference to my children, who gobbled them up immediately! So, I was pleased with the overall result. I guess one downside could be that the batter has to rest. That wasn’t so bad for me, because I just made up the batter and then let it rest while I packed lunches.
I guess all of this is to say that my hands down, all-time favorite waffles come from my mother-in-law’s recipe, which our son has affectionately named “Nana’s Awesome Waffles.” They are light, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth good!
Nana’s Awesome Waffles
1¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 T baking powder
pinch of salt
2 eggs, yolks and egg whites separated
1¾ cup milk
½ cup oil
dash of vanilla
Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Separate eggs. Mix together egg yolks, milk, oil and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Beat egg whites in separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into batter. Preheat waffle iron and brush griddle with melted butter. Cook until golden brown.
Hopefully I have inspired you to make waffles today. If you have a favorite waffle recipe, I would love to see it!
Until next time,