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Nov 30, 2001 12:15 PM

Waffles - any good ones in Marin?

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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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  1. 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

      Your cornmeal waffles sound great?I have a Belgian style 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

        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

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

    2. 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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      1. re: augie's pal

        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.

        1. re: augie's pal

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