My favorite meal of the day has got to be brunch. Invite me to brunch any Saturday or Sunday and I’m there!
There’s nothing better than waking up after a late night out, dragging your butt to your favorite neighborhood haunt and enjoying a plate of scrambled eggs with home fries, toast and a side of sausage (endless amounts of coffee are also a necessity). Breakfast sandwiches from Dunkin will also fill this need. That’s perfection right there!
As you may have guessed, I’m an egg type of gal… sometimes I’ll crave pancakes and I love French Toast, but ultimately I’ll more often than not get some sort of egg dish for brunch.
*But I should mention that while normal waffles don’t get me excited Liège waffles are amazing and I would eat those any day!
But that being said, this post is about waffles… and homemade waffles at that!
Last weekend in the South Orange house I came across a waffle iron. Most people would have remarked, “Oh a waffle iron,” closed the drawer and been on their way… I of course notice said waffle iron and despite my vague indifference on waffles, announce we’ll be having waffles the next morning and start googling recipes. I mean I have a waffle iron within my reach… How can you not make waffles?!
The unfornutate thing about waffles in the breakfast world is you can’t make waffles without a waffle iron. As a result, waffles are always going to be the last kid picked for kickball… You can make pancakes and French toast easily at home but if you don’t have a waffle iron, count waffles out. Poor homemade waffles!
Pause for side story: One summer in Paris, Yacine and I went to an fair outside of the city. We played some sort of shooting game in the hope of wining some sort of price. For whatever reason, we were given the choice of a waffle iron or a Panini press… to this day, (like five years later), there are times we still lament choosing the Panini press. Moral of this story – always choose a waffle iron!
Anyway, I can cross making waffles off my culinary bucket list.
We made a couple plain waffles and also some blueberry ones. The Riz whipped up her first batch of whipped cream to add on top!
And I should note that this recipe was listed on Serious Eats as the Best Waffle Recipe in the History of the World (or something to that affect). It was pretty darn good. The secret apparently to waffle recipes are separating your eggs and whipping your egg whites to stiff peaks. It adds a lightness to the batter and leaves you with fluffy waffles with a nice crunch on the outside.
Happy Sunday friends! Go enjoy brunch with bottomless coffee and if you’re so inclined, choose waffles (the bastard kid of brunch items) for good measure!
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1¾ cups milk
- ½ cup canola oil
- 2 egg whites
- In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center.
- In another bowl beat egg yolks slightly. Stir in milk and oil.
- Add egg yolk mixture all at once to the dry mixture. Stir just till moistened (should be lumpy).
- In a small bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight up).
- Gently fold egg whites into flour and egg yolk mixture, leaving a few fluffs of egg white, Do not overmix.
- Spoon waffle batter into your waffle iron, making sure not to overfill it.
- Serve with real maple syrup and unsalted butter.