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Waffles - any good ones in Marin?

Sharuf Nov 30, 2001 12:15 PM

Once in a while I get hit with a waffle urge. Anybody know where I can get a good one in Marin?

I tried Denny's and theirs was disappointing. Like maybe they just poured some of their pancake batter into the waffle iron.

I tried the International House of Pancakes, and their waffle was worse - non-crisp and leadenly cake-y. IHOP had the better fruit syrups: strawberry, boysenberry, and blueberry - but far from top-knotch. Denny's tasted like some kind of neutral syrup base had been flavored with KoolAid. Fruit syrups should be, basically, thin jelly (like my Mom's memorable quince syrup).

Speaking of Mom, she sets the waffle standard for me. Her simple, basic recipe involves 2 cups flour, 2 cups buttermilk, 2 eggs separated and the whites beaten, one cube (1/4 lb.!) butter, melted, and of course an appropriate amount of salt, baking powder and baking soda. This makes excellent light, crisp tasty waffles. They freeze well and toast up nicely later, too.

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    dixieday RE: Sharuf Nov 30, 2001 01:26 PM

    i, too, love waffles, but haven't found too many good ones out. Here's a good, slightly different waffle recipe, courtesy of Dorie Greenspan's Waffles from Morning to Midnight book--deliciously crunchy but still a little moist inside.
    Cornmeal Waffles
    1 cup flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt; 2 cups buttermilk, 2 eggs, 2 TB melted butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup. Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients, pour into dry and mix. Bake and enjoy!

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    1. re: dixieday
      derek durst RE: dixieday Dec 1, 2001 02:48 AM

      Your cornmeal waffles sound great?I have a Belgian style wafflemaker...do you know whether this recipe will work, or should I separate the eggs, beat the whites to give it a little more lift?Thanks...Derek

      1. re: derek durst
        cj callen RE: derek durst Dec 2, 2001 01:46 AM

        your instincts are right on: I have a great cornmeal waffle recipe and the secret is to beat the yolks with all the other ingredients and later fold in the whipped whites. it works like a charm.

        1. re: cj callen
          Sashi RE: cj callen Dec 3, 2001 10:54 PM

          Can any of y'all recommend a good waffle iron/maker?

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      augie's pal RE: Sharuf Nov 30, 2001 01:32 PM

      Marion Cunningham's yeast-raised waffles are by far the best I've ever had. Incredibly light with a delicate yeasty flavor. They are quite simple to put together. Mix the batter before you go to bed (it takes about 5 minutes if you're moving slow) then let it sit on the counter all night. I don't have the recipe with me but you can find it in her breakfast book. I think it was reprinted in Patty Unterman's Food Lover's Guide to SF, as well.

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        susan blair RE: augie's pal Nov 30, 2001 01:37 PM

        My family thinks I am a great breakfast maker. My only secret is Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Book.
        We have purchased these cookbooks over the internet for various wedding gifts so I know they are out there.

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          Katsuz RE: augie's pal Dec 3, 2001 12:22 PM

          Dipsea Cafe are good. But best are at Marvin's in Novato. Little hole in the wall. Sit at counter to watch the action.

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          jimbo RE: Sharuf Jan 11, 2002 02:27 PM


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