Waffles are not only for dessert at my house. There have been quite a few evenings where I’ve whipped up a batch of waffles and a plate of sausage links for the family. These are especially handy when there are a lot of people to feed! Here are some tips I use to make tasty waffles, which you might also be able to use.
Separating egg whites from the yolks and whipping the whites into stiff peaks will help to create light and airy waffles, instead of dense ones. The addition of cornstarch to the recipe also increases crispiness. Mix together ¾ C all-purpose flour, ¼ C cornstarch, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, 1 C buttermilk, ⅓ C vegetable oil, 1 egg, 1 tsp sugar, and ¾ tsp vanilla extract. Combine all the dry goods together, and then add everything else. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes before making waffles. Then, fire up your waffle maker and get cooking!
I’ve found adding an extra egg or two increases the fluffiness of waffles. They will fluff up even more if you separate the whites from the yolks and beat them until they form stiff peaks. You’ll still use the yolks as well, just make sure to mix them in with the milk, oil, and any butter (if you use it in your recipe). The whites need to be folded into the finished batter right at the end and very gently.
Making Perfect Waffles
Some key points to making “perfect” waffles include; making sure the waffle iron is fully warmed before pouring the batter onto it, don’t spray your non-stick waffle iron with cooking spray (it’s non-stick), mix ingredients just until they are combined instead of over-mixing, don’t get in a hurry and lift the waffle iron’s lid too soon, and, of course, eat your waffle while it’s nice and hot!
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You can put just about anything on top of waffles; fruit, nuts, eggs, sausage, or honey. Whipped cream is also an old stand-by at my house. My grandmother used to add a bit of chocolate syrup to the last batch of waffles and save the cooled halves for later in the evening. She would put vanilla ice cream in between two waffle pieces and make homemade ice cream sandwiches. Delicious!
What waffle tips do you think others would enjoy using in their own kitchen?