Waffles - can they be made in advance/reheated?
I'll be having 8 friends over for brunch this Saturday and I thought of having waffles. The only thing is I don't want to be making waffles all morning while my friends are having fun sitting at the table. Can I prepare them during the week, freeze them, and then reheat them on Saturday? If so, will there be a loss of flavour, and how should I proceed?
Also, don't hesitate to provide recipes, as I don't have a great one.
they sure can be frozen and reheated, just use a good hot oven to bring them back to a crispy texture.
Yes, although they won't be as good when they were made fresh. From time to time, I make waffles at home and take them over to my grandmother who refrigerates/freezes them. She can then take them out and heat them in the toaster oven as she needs them. (Because of the fat content necessary for a good waffle, toater oven is much better than microwave). I do try to make them slightly "underdone" so they don't brown too much in the toaster oven.
I like Mollie Katzen's recipe for "Amazing Overnight Waffles" in the "Sunlight Cafe" cookbook. It's a yeasted batter which is started the night before, but it's very quick and easy, and I've always gotten good results. The recipe might be on her website: www.molliekatzen.com. Actually, it's quick enough that you might not have to pre-freeze, but that depends on how you plan to entertain.
I like yeasted waffle recipes too - I use the Fannie Farmer recipe:
If you go this route, be sure to make more batter than you think you need because you won't be able to whip up more quickly if you run out. I sometimes add a little vanilla and cointreau to my waffles.
Like alaughingdog said below, I find that the extra waffles, which I keep in the fridge, tend to be a bit hard when reheated in my toaster oven. But I love eating them dry, out of hand... just don't know if I'd serve them to guests.
Any chance you could set things up in such a way that people could make their own? I find people often enjoy doing this.
There are 2 things I know work successfully - make ahead and freeze flat. You can lay them out (waffles only - no cookie sheet or such) on the racks of your oven to reheat.
The other thing I have done is make them early a.m. and stick in a warm oven spread out on the racks - if you don't pile them they won't become soggy, and the heat keeps them from cooling off.
I've never had a loss of flavor from freezing, just texture if they're not frozen/reheated properly. Maybe a test run is in order?
The last batch I made was a basic whole wheat recipe with grated apple and cinnamon added to the batter. They got rave reviews :D
I make and freeze various waffles -- my favorite include some cornmeal. I reheat them in the toaster and eat them more like toast than a fresh waffle. They are delicious, just different. I suppose you could still have them with syrup, but mine tend to come out a bit crispier and drier, perfect for eating out of hand.