Help please - What is your go-to basic waffle recipe?
Proud new owner of a vintage electric waffle iron looking for proven waffle recipes. What are your favorites? Thanks!
make that 3! Easy simple and you can doctor it up too. a few of my favorite additions are:
• Vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg
• Vanilla and orange zest
• A very ripe banana, optional is some PB2 peanut butter powder
• Crumbled bacon (sprinkle on top after pouring the batter for even distribution)
I am also a fan of the JOC's waffle recipes. There's the basic, the basic with buttermilk, cornmeal and Belgian waffle (yeast risen).`
The basic calls for 1/2 to 2 sticks of butter. After some experimenting, I liked it best using one stick. I also some vanilla extract to the batter. The buttermilk version is also delicious, are are the cornmeal waffle recipe and Belgian waffle recipe.
If you have The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum lying around, the recipes for the buttermilk waffles and Marion Cunningham's raised waffles are also good.
Here are the ingredients for JOC's basic, buttermilk, cornmeal and Belgian waffles, and the method for mixing ingredients. I'll leave it up to you how to best cook them in your particular iron.
JOC's Basic Waffle Recipe
1-3/4 c AP flour
1 tblsp baking powder
1 tblsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs, well beaten
1/2-2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1-1/2 cups milk
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together in a second bowl. (I like to add about a teaspoon of vanilla extract as well.) Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, then quickly whisk the ingredients together until it looks a little like a muffin batter. If you like, feel free to fold in 1/2 cup of raisins or other finely diced soft fruit, fresh or frozen berries, finely chopped nuts, thinly sliced banana, crumbled cooked bacon, shredded cheese, shredded dried coconut, grated semisweet or milk chocolate.
Buttermilk Waffles. I've obviously not paid attention when making this. The instructions for buttermilk waffles says to substitute buttermilk for the milk and calls for an additional 1/4 tsp more BAKING SODA. The original recipe calls for baking powder, not baking soda. Has anyone else noticed this?
JOC's Cornmeal Waffles
1 c AP flour
1 c stoneground cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 c buttermilk
1/4 c pure maple syrup
5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 large egg yolks at room temperature
2 large egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks
Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a second bowl. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently whisk until combined, then fold in the beaten egg whites.
2-1/4 tsp or 1 envelope active dry yeast
1/4 c warm milk (105-115 degrees F)
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
1/2 c sugar
1-1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
4 c AP flour
2-1/2 cups warm milk
3 large egg whites beaten to soft peaks
Dissolve the yeast in the 1/4 cup of warm milk and let sit for five minutes.
Whisk together the egg yolks, 1/4 cup lukewarm milk and melted butter, then add the yeast mixture, sugar, salt and vanilla.
Add the flour in three parts and remaining milk in two parts, alternating the ingredients. Lastly, fold in the egg whites. Cover the bowl with plastic film and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in bulk, about an hour or so. When you're ready to cook, stir the batter first to deflate.
+1 on the egg whites, which make all the difference. I think I usually use the Fannie Farmer recipe--not the baking book, just plain old Fannie Farmer.
Cook's Illustrated had one a couple of years ago that used seltzer instead of beating the egg whites. I tried it and thought it worked pretty well. An option if you don't want to deal with an extra bowl, beaters, etc.
I cheat and make waffles from a mix. I've found Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix – Whole Wheat Oat and Honey to be REALLY good. I add some cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to the batter. Also chopped walnuts or pecans if I have them on hand. And a BIG surprise -- while it used to be really difficult to find, I saw it at Target recently, so I'm guessing it's widely available.