Have you ever woke up from an afternoon nap and thought, “I would love a waffle”. I did the other day. I woke up and totally craved a waffle. Unfortunately my old roommate Mark, broke my waffle iron a couple of years back. (Yeah totally called you out on that Mark) So I decided to go to Target and grab a waffle iron. They had a few, I chose the cheapest one. Only $19.95. Not too shabby, but more on this in the post. Then I went looking for a great recipe. I searched my recipe books and found a decent sounding one from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I took this as a base and tweaked it for my own personal tastes.
I added a bit of sugar and vanilla to the recipe to give the waffle a little more depth.
Light and Fluffy Waffles – (adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 egg whites
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate bowl beat egg yolks slightly. Stir in milk, vanilla and oil. Make sure to use a medium sized bowl. I made the mistake of trying to use a cereal bowl and it totally was not big enough.
Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture. Stir just till moistened.
In a small bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight up). You can use a mixer, but if you are about to eat 3 waffles like I do, you may want to do it by hand. A little exercise can’t hurt, right?
Gently fold the egg whites into the mixed batter, leaving a few fluffs of egg white, Do not overmix. The key to light and airy waffles is to not over-mix the batter.
Spoon waffle batter into your waffle iron, making sure not to overfill it. This is key, as you can see from the photos, I did not read the manufacturers suggested amount for batter. I went a tad over.
Serve with butter and syrup.
Tips to buying waffle irons. Make sure that your waffle iron locks. The cheap waffle iron that I purchased does not lock the lid. So the batter as it raised, opened the iron and caused the waffles to be deformed. I had to manually hold the lid down for 5 minutes to get the waffles to come out correctly. Doesn’t sound too hard, but making waffles causes a lot of steam to be formed. Totally burned my hands a couple of times. My tip – you get what you pay for. Spend the extra $5 for a waffle iron that locks.