In my humble opinion it is easy to plan dinner meals for the week, make a list, hit the grocery…done! Unfortunately I always fail to plan for breakfast and lunch and just throw in some eggs, bread, milk and lunchmeat for good measure. 😦 You would think after fifteen years of marriage and three kids I would get a clue that we actually eat three times a day!
Sometimes I’m a little slow on the draw…
So I’m trying to (at least loosely) plan those other 14 meals a week. In doing so, I am working toward keeping the staples on hand at all times. One thing I must always plan for?
My perfect waffle quest has finally come to an end after 6 long years, and I want to share it with you. I picked this bad boy up at Costco about 6 years back –
It’s a Waring Pro and I was soooooo excited to start making those fluffy, crispy, moist rounds of deliciousness! I rushed home, practically tasting the gooey maple syrup and warm melted butter, and proudly announced “We are having Belgian Waffles for dinner!” With that the family got all worked up about trying the new gadget.
Since it was already about 6PM, I knew I had to get something on the table, and quick! I remembered seeing something on the Krusteez package in my pantry about adapting the recipe for waffles…yes, YES! We had enough mix, we had syrup and butter, we had the shiny new waffle iron, we even had bacon for a side. I was ready to rock!
I turned on my new favorite appliance, mixed up the batter, poured it in and waited (somewhat impatiently) for the first waffle to be done. Finally the beep – the moment of truth. My mouth was watering, I was having a major Pavlov’s dog response to the aroma. I turned and opened the iron. It looked…OK.
Well, 1st attempt, new iron, I couldn’t expect perfection immediately right? I buttered up the deep pockets and drizzled on some syrup and took a bite.
It was heavy and rather floppy – nothing at all like what I had hoped for. I tried again. Same. To say that the family was disappointed is a bit of an understatement.
So began my quest for the perfect belgian waffle recipe. After many failed attempts I finally came across one that worked well. It had all of the characteristics of a proper belgian waffle, but the prep was a serious pain! I don’t know about you, but my family isn’t into waiting for an hour to eat in the morning. Two “starving” 14 year olds, a 9 year old, and a hubby that can’t take his medications until he has food in his stomach don’t allow for much prep time.
Yes, they would all be watching me from the family room while I got out the plethora of ingredients, bowls, kitchenaid mixer, measuring devices, then sifted the dry ingredients, separated the egg whites and beat them to stiff peaks, made the batter, gently folded in the egg whites, etc, etc, etc. By the time the first waffle was done everyone would be grumpy and my kitchen would look like a hurricane had hit it!
I was happy to have found a good recipe, but needless to say, the waffle iron got relegated to the back of my small appliance cabinet because it was just too much to go through regularly.
I was sad.
Then, about 6 months ago I was searching through Allrecipes.com and came across this. OH…MY…GOSH. Heaven in a simple recipe. I tried it because it was simple, but I didn’t get my hopes up too high-I’d waited so long-then EUREKA!
Golden and crispy on the outside, tender, moist, and light on the inside. It melted in my mouth. I almost cried. The bonus? You can refrigerate the leftover batter for up to a week (it never lasts that long!) and it’s just as good as fresh made!
So dear readers, it is with great pleasure that I share this recipe with you – and I hope that you enjoy it as much as our family does! I would love to know who originally created it so I could find them and give them a great big hug!!!
…or you can go to Allrecipes.com and find it under “Waffles 1”
Buy the way…now there is always something for breakfast in my refrigerator! Happy eating! ~K