Just before last Christmas my eyes were exposed to a surge of videos waffling pretty much anything… smores waffles, pizza waffles, macaroni and cheese waffles, eggs just shaped waffles… anything and everything I could possible crave.
Just waffle it.
It basically convinced me that I needed a waffle maker. Oh, the possibilities. I’ll use it all the time, because most of these recipes weren’t even actually waffles… they were using pre-made dough or leftovers. Easy peasy… waffling on demand.
So, a waffle maker officially made the Christmas list and Santa delivered.
The first time I made waffles was just a few days after Christmas and the second time I made any sort of waffle was today. Whoops.
That being said, if you’re thinking about getting a waffle maker I’d still recommend it because of the obvious… homemade waffles whenever you want.
Both times I’ve made waffles they turned out delicious. They take slightly longer than I was lead to believe… but waffles are worth the wait. Even if you wait about six months for them.
As you know, I’ve got a sweet tooth… so today’s breakfast topping was warm smashed blackberries and smoked crispy bacon. Also, I can never have enough maple syrup.
I’m just going to post a very basic waffle recipe that I believe is pretty neutral to either sweet or savory. Great for waffle beginners like me.
Basic Waffle Recipe
(makes ten square waffles, depending on machine)
2 cups flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1.5 cups of milk (any kind – buttermilk if you have it!)
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
If you are wanting your waffles a little bit sweeter than add in a 1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract. I always add a bit of cinnamon too.
I added vanilla extract and cinnamon to the waffles featured in this post and while they were slightly sweet, it still was pretty tame and if I needed to I’d be happy putting a savory topping on them.
Now… I believe the traditional thing to do here is to separate the eggs and whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form and add them to your waffle mix last, mixing gently.
Again, I have made waffles only twice and the first time I separated the eggs, this time I did not. And, if the truth is to be told I couldn’t really tell much of a difference. And I hate separating eggs… so, I say do what you want or what you have time for.
1. In a small bowl put in dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix gently until everything is combined.
2. Crack eggs into large bowl and whisk (by hand or mixer) until eggs are foamy and light in color.
3. Add in all wet ingredients and mix until all ingredients are combined.
4. Add flour mixture and mix until there are no lumps.
And that’s all. Super easy and then your waffle maker will do the rest.
In terms of time and temperature that is going to differ for each machine, so all I can suggest is to read the instructions to make sure you understand how it works etc.
Waffles are like pancakes in so many ways… but just remember the first one (or two in my case) will be the ugliest. Test your machine to see how the temperature works and how long you should leave the waffles in.
So, there you have it. A waffle base to top for your heart and tummy’s delight!
Go forth and brunch.