A while back I was reading Nancy’s wonderful blog Good Food Matters and she was saying about the memories created by a waffle maker (check out the post, it really is lovely), now my own daughter had asked me about waffles that very week, asking me what they tasted like and whether I could make her one. I don’t own a waffle maker, and it is nigh on impossible to make a waffle without an iron. My parents asked me what I would like for Christmas, so I asked for a waffle maker. It was delivered to my door in October – a lovely early Christmas present.
Since then I have been experimenting with different recipes. Some with whipped egg white, some without, some with buttermilk, some with plain milk. Anyway, I have found that whipping the egg whites does make the waffle a bit lighter, but it also requires another bowl and a bit more work. Buttermilk does add a lovely back note, but it means you have to make sure you have buttermilk in the house. For these reasons here is the recipe I now use most often.
I haven’t stopped experimenting though and I intend to try yeast waffles soon, and chocolate waffles and buckwheat waffles (like Nancy’s). I made potato waffles the other week, which were good but not perfect and so require a bit more experimentation before they appear here.
The waffle maker will not be a gadget that sits at the back of our cupboard any time soon and hopefully one day I will be able to write a post like Nancy’s.
200g plain flour
3 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tbsp baking powder
squeeze of lemon juice
60g melted butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
Put the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Measure the milk and add the squeeze of lemon juice. Pour the milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and eggs into the flour mixture and whisk well until combined.
Heat the waffle maker or iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions and pour in the mixture and cook until well browned.
Eat warm with butter and maple syrup, or chocolate spread, or jam, or marmalade or anything else that you fancy.
They can also be frozen and warmed through by placing in a toaster or back into the waffle iron.
PS I forgot to say, but if you are looking for further waffle inspiration then check out Mangocheek’s wonderful suggestions for something a bit beyond the basic waffle.