Aren’t waffles, real waffles, the greatest treat! I mean, I will pop an Eggo on a school morning or make a quick “breakfast stack” with a frozen waffle (more on that another time). But real waffles out of a waffle iron are special. Definitely one of the best parts of a brunch and without a doubt the highlight of any college/dorm cafeteria. Well, that and the 97 varieties of cereal at your fingertips but I’m getting distracted, sorry.
Anyway, I now have my very own Belgian waffle maker. It makes one giant waffle at a time and I love it. I make a HUGE mess when I use it. I fill the iron more than I am supposed to and it steams and spits and splatters everywhere but it is totally worth it.
Of course, waffles are ideal for breakfast. This recipe that I use does have to sit for 30 minutes though so be prepared for that, or make breakfast for dinner if that is easier to plan. And if you really want to impress your loved ones make waffles for dessert…mmm…
This is one recipe that I do not change at all (except to double it sometimes); there is no need. The name of the recipe is Waffles of Insane Greatness. That pretty much says it all. Of course, you don’t need a Belgian waffle maker for this recipe, any waffle maker will do. So you can click on the link or, I have listed the fabulous recipe below. Thanks Food Network!
Waffles of Insane Greatness
makes 3 Belgian waffles, feeds 3-6
3/4 c Flour
1/4 c Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 c Whole Milk or Buttermilk
1/3 c Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 tsp Sugar
3/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
In a medium bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients; whisk together until well mixed. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla. Mix the batter well and let sit for 30 minutes.
Preheat a waffle iron. There is enough oil in the batter that you do not need to grease the iron at all; it lifts out nicely with a spatula. Follow the directions on your waffle iron. I heat mine to medium high heat so it gets nice and crispy on the outside.
Serve immediately with butter and syrup. I love it with fresh berries too.
For dessert, one waffle will serve the four of us. We top with vanilla ice cream and strawberries. My husband and the girls add chocolate syrup but I sprinkle on some cinnamon instead. Delicious!
*Tip: If you have extra waffles, keep them in a Ziploc bag in the fridge or freezer. Pop them in the toaster to reheat and re-crisp. You have your very own, much tastier, “frozen waffles.”