Wednesday, July 18, 2012

40 breads // perfecting the belgian waffle

Around here, Sunday morning breakfast has always been a treat.  During the week breakfast is a quick bowl of granola or yogurt on the run {and we rarely eat together due to crazy schedules} but Sunday mornings are different.  Sundays are our day together.

Over the past few years our Sunday morning routine has included a lovely stack of pancakes.  Add some local butter, honey, or syrup and we're set.  While we both love pancakes, we love waffles way more!  So when a friend asked what I wanted for my birthday, a belgian waffle maker was at the top of my list.

I was so surprised when she arrived at our house early the morning of my birthday {like 7am early} with a lovely new Belgian waffle iron!!!  In that moment, I knew our summer would be filled with delicious waffles!!

We've spent the better part of the summer trying a variety of recipes {not just Sunday mornings!} to find the one that's just right for us.  We realized early on that store bought mixes were not for us...the texture, consistency, and flavor are sub-par, and the ingredients often include more preservatives than we'd like to be eating.  Most of the recipes we have tried have been through some of my favorite food blogs and recipe books.

This past weekend, while Dan's sister was visiting we decided to whip up some waffles for breakfast.  After realizing that we didn't have enough of the store-bought mix {though it's not the best, it's always a good backup plan} to feed all of us, Dan jumped online and found this recipe to try {isn't technology wonderful!?}.  It was decided after each of us tried both kinds of waffle that we had indeed found THE recipe!  

the bread no.7 Belgian waffles

our changes : we made a few's our new go-to recipe:

  • 2 eggs {we use farm fresh eggs from my parents}
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour {we use white whole wheat for everything}
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil {any oil will do - might try melted butter next time}
  • 1 T. white sugar
  • 4 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. homemade vanilla extract

Beat eggs in bowl until fluffy.  Add all other ingredients.  Follow the directions on your waffle iron for cooking.  Serve with fresh berries/fruit, honey, syrup, or just butter!

our thoughts These waffles turned out just how we like them - crispy, yet fluffy, just a little sweet and very flavorful!

the verdict :  We'll definitely be using this recipe again and again.  I'm eager to try a few variations - possibly cutting out the sugar all together.  I have some oat flour that I'd like to experiment with as well.  Looking forward to many delicious Sunday morning breakfasts!!!

The right recipe is key to delicious waffles, but there is also a bit of a learning curve to using any belgian waffle maker - they're not all the same.  It took us many tries to find the right amount of batter to make each waffle - too much and it's a mess, too little and your waffle is too crispy.  We also found that a good quality cooking spray {we use 100% extra virgin olive oil in a spray can} helps to keep the waffles from sticking or burning and makes removal much, much easier!

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