Basic Waffles

Everyone knows that the Breakfast Trinity -- if we are talking about sweet breakfast, after all -- consists of pancakes, French toast, and of course waffles. I am no stranger to pancakes (note, the name of this blog) having shared recipes for these classic pancakes, these pumpkin pancakes, and these cornmeal blueberry pancakes. French toast has also been covered on here, in the form of these individual French toasts and this pumpkin spice French toast

Noticeably absent on this blog then are waffles. This does not mean I have anything against waffles -- I love waffles! -- but apart from the occasional Eggo Waffle as a quick breakfast, they were not something my mom ever made for us growing up. Waffles -- the real, fluffy kind -- were considered a treat, usually enjoyed when went out for breakfast, and were therefore nothing I ever had a recipe for. "Waffles" thus remained on my "To make" list along with profiteroles, beignets, and this insane chocolate cake that has been on my list for ages (hope to have those covered soon!)

As chance would have it, I came across a waffle iron being sold for only 20 euros while in Bologna last weekend (note however that waffles are not at all a Bolognese specialty! This was pure coincidence). I knew that the moment to make my own waffles had arrived. I promptly purchased the iron and then proceeded to lug it all over the city with me, and on to the train -- waffle irons are not light, for the record -- but it was so very worth it, as these waffles were incredibly delicious. 

Admittedly, this was a bit of a surprise -- a 20 euro waffle iron seemed to good to be true, not to mention the recipe was a combination of different ones I had found online, and so I wasn’t positive the results would be good. These waffles instead were absolute perfection: soft and fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside, golden brown and just sweet enough. And there's more! Each waffle requires a short 4 minutes of cooking time and are made with basic ingredients I (and you too, probably!) already had on hand. I'm not kidding -- these were pure breakfast bliss.

Now, for serving -- I ate these waffles with maple syrup and butter, but feel free to dress yours up with fruit, Nutella, powdered sugar, or jam. Since this was my first time making waffles I kept them plain, but I imagine you could also add mini chocolate chips or blueberries to this batter if you wanted. Enjoy everyone!


HOMEMADE WAFFLES 

Ingredients:
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup melted unsalted butter, cooled 
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Fresh berries, maple syrup, or Nutella for serving

Directions:
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until fluffy. Whisk in the milk, vanilla melted butter, and sugar whisking until just combined. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this mixture to the wet ingredients and whisk just until combined.

Brush the waffle iron with melted butter or spray with cooking spray. Preheat according to the manufacturer's instructions. 

Pour slightly less than 3/4 cup batter onto the center of the preheated waffle iron. Alternatively, use a ladle and put on a ladle-ful of batter, spreading it out over the iron a bit. (Do check manufacturer’s instructions for recommended amount of batter however -- each iron is a different size!) Close the lid of waffle iron.

Cook the waffle for about 4 minutes (again, check the manufacturer’s instructions). Carefully remove the waffle using a fork. Serve immediately with extra butter, maple syrup, berries, or Nutella, if you wish. Repeat with remaining batter. Makes about 4 large waffles. 







2 comments :

  1. I love waffles and would like to make the batter the night before, ready to whip out of the fridge in the morning. Do you think I could do that with this recipe? I've seen other recipes for waffles with beaten egg whites, which I think wouldn't keep for the night.

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  2. Hi Lisa! I think that would work just fine! Maybe let the batter come to room temperature out of the fridge so its easier to pour on the waffle iron. :)

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