I love waffles. Waffles bring back memories of Grandfather (yes, we did call him Grandfather and he was exactly that . . . a Grand Father). My Grandfather loved waffles and whenever he came to our house or we visited his house, waffles were on the menu. He, or we, made them on a very large, old, square waffle iron that pumped out waffle after waffle, with perfection every time. There are a few scents that bring back memories of my Grandfather - car paint and auto body repair products, corn chips, orange juice, and . . . WAFFLES!!!
I introduced my children to fresh, homemade, waffles from my own recipe when they were just old enough to eat solid foods. I may have overdone it on the waffles. I made them fresh from scratch every time. Then a period of time came when we needed convenience. These waffles are great tasting AND convenient. It doesn't take long to mix up a batch and, better yet, you can premix the dry ingredients and store them in batches like an instant mix. Just add the wet ingredients when you're ready to make them.You can also make batches of waffles, stack them with squares of wax or parchment paper in between each waffle, and freeze them. WALLAH! Now you have frozen waffles ready to pop into the toaster, oven, or microwave in a jiff!
This recipe is my base recipe for greater recipes. This can be a savory/sweet breakfast or a sweet-tooth fulfilling and healthy dessert base. You can add blueberries (just roll them in a little bit of flour or the dry mix before adding the wet ingredients), pecans, apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, whatever your fancy is. You can even replace half of the flour with oat flour (just take some rolled oats and put it in the blender or a food processor for flour ... or buy it at your local grocer).
Let's talk about buttermilk before we start. Unless you like to drink it or you cook with it often, you probably don't have buttermilk in your refrigerator. If you're making multiple batches of waffles then it makes sense to buy your buttermilk from your grocer. However, if you only need enough to make a batch then here is an easy way to avoid waste.
MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTERMILK!
In your measuring cup, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar or fresh organic lemon juice. Fill the rest with the measure of whole milk that you need (whole milk thickens better because of the higher milk fat, but you could use 2% milk if you like). Let that sit for a few minutes and there you have it . . . BUTTERMILK!
I hope this recipe brings warmth to you and your family the way it does mine. By the way, you'll want to pair this with Real Maple Syrup. No corn-based syrups for this one (unless that's what you prefer).
Let's gather the necessary ingredients for these delicious waffles (and of course if your an organic or vegetarian foodie, go ahead and use your organic or vegetarian ingredients).
1/2 c Melted Butter
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 C Buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or any flavor you like)
1 tb Honey
1 3/4 C Flour (or 1C white + 3/4 C whole wheat if you prefer) *if you use spelt, you will have to adjust the amount of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 C sugar (raw cane, coconut, date, or processed white cane)
1/4 tsp salt
- Measure all dry ingredients into a bowl and sift together. Make a depression in the center.
- In another bowl, lightly beat eggs together with vanilla, buttermilk, and cooled melted butter until well combined and a little frothy.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient's depression and stir rapidly until the batter is smooth and rich (it should be thick like cake mix and not runny).
- Depending on the size of your waffle iron, use a measuring scoop to pour the batter into the center of the waffle iron and follow your manufacturer's instructions. My iron is small so I used just about 2 scoops using my 1/4 c scoop.
- Serve with warm maple syrup, preserves, Knott's Berry Farm flavored syrups, ice cream, fruit filling and whipped cream, pecans, dates, vanilla yogurt and berries,bananas, chopped honey apple, dark chocolate . . . you get the picture right???
|Fresh strawberries, blackberries, and agave syrup|
|Build this beauty on top of your waffle with chopped honey apple, vanilla or plain yogurt, dark chocolate, cinnamon and all-natural peanut butter|