Waffles

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
200ml milk
squeeze of lemon juice
60g melted butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs

Method

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.

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18 responses to “Waffles

  1. Lucky you (and your daughter!) freshly made waffles must be a real treat. They look like the perfect tonic for all this snow!

  2. I am envious of all who own waffle irons. Have fun experimenting!

  3. I love waffles and have fond memories of John and me struggling with that iron to make waffles for our son when he was young. You, on the other hand, look like you have mastered it. By the way, I am stilling humming “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. I can’t seem to get it out of my head. ; )

    • Hi Michele, fortunately my mum and dad bought the whizzy electric maker that you turn on, programme and leave to do it’s thing. I am sorry inflicting my song on your brain, if it helps I am having the same problem. I have been through the Dean Martin and the Rod and Dolly version in my head too.

  4. I want, I want, I want. Oh those waffles looks so good. Experiment as much as you like, but that one looks very hard to beat. I’d never had waffles until I went to Gent this year and unfortunately haven’t had any since. I’m feeling that a trip up to Shropshire is long overdue 😉

  5. Splendid! A waffle maker – a great early Christmas present from your parents. I will have to make some with buttermilk.

  6. I have promised myself as soon as my husband and I return home next year June, the first thing I am going to buy is a waffle maker. Can’t believe I have never owned one!
    Your waffles sound fabulous. Looking forward to seeing your other recipes soon.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. Dear Kath—many thanks for your kind words. I am touched that my post inspired you start your own waffle tradition. How great that you got the early Christmas present! I know that you and yours shall enjoy it for years to come. Ah, to the many delicious ways of the waffles! Cheers!!

  8. Isn’t it great when you buy a kitchen gadget and know that you will use it. The waffles look delicious and I am sure your children are really excited to know they can have waffles at home.

  9. MMMMM,..your waffles look so delectable & tasty!

    Yummmmm,..!!

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