Middle Sister had the brilliant idea of waffles and berries for dinner this evening.
One of the interesting side effects of The Husband going to work at 2:00 am three days each week is that on the nights before (since he goes to bed at 4:30 in the afternoon), there are only two of us for dinner. Middle Sister and I been enjoying trying Trader Joe’s meals, clearing up leftovers, and occasionally going out for an inexpensive dinner.
Having had a big lunch at Freebird today, a waffle and a few strawberries sounded just right for dinner this time. But I haven’t been thrilled with the waffle recipe we’ve always used, from the trusty 28-year-old, wedding gift Betty Crocker cookbook. A few weeks ago I saw a post about making the perfect waffle, but sadly I didn’t hang on to it.
So I went with my go-to recipe book, the interwebz. Googling “excellent waffle recipe,” the first entry was from Food Network and was titled…
Waffles of Insane Greatness
Does it get any better than that?
They were, indeed, insanely great. And we didn’t even do them right. We used skim milk rather than whole or buttermilk. Middle Sister had a babysitting gig tonight, so we didn’t have time to let the batter sit for the suggested 30 minutes. I don’t like vanilla in my waffles and french toast, so we left it out. I NEVER trust directions to skip the pan spray, so we sprayed the heck out of the waffle maker. And still they were insanely great.
Give them a try – if only for the joy of getting to say in your best Donkey voice, “And in the morning (or evening), I’m making waffles!”
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.