Friday, April 15, 2011

Basic Waffles



This is the basic waffle recipe (with my revisions) from the booklet of Cuisinart's classic waffle maker (WMR-CA).
The recipe may not be that special, but I have to say this waffle maker, along with this recipe, come in very handy, not only to serve a quick, but fun breakfast for your family once in a while, but also for play dates after a school day, when your kid comes home hungry with his/her friend(s); sometimes a treat like waffles may take the play date from "ordinary" to "special", and you as a mom from "lame" to "cool"..:)

Put a few topping options on the table, so kids decorate the waffles before they eat them, and you not only feed them, but also create an art project for them that will save you some time..:) The look in above picture was my daughter's and her friend's choices of embellishment for that day..:)


Ingredients: (Makes 6-8 6 1/2-inch waffles)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs

Topping suggestions:
Maple syrup, fresh berries, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, Nutella, whipped cream, powdered sugar, ice cream, chocolate sauce, fruit sauce, jam or preserves, chopped nuts etc.


Directions:

  • Whisk the eggs, oil and milk in a bowl.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle. Pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir just until the wet mixture moistens the dry mixture (and there's no dry mixture visible anymore); do not mix any further; the mixture will have lumps and this is normal.
  • Bake the waffles in your waffle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. And serve fresh with the desired toppings.


Additional points:

Just like pancakes, best waffles are fresh waffles; made to order and served immediately. If you absolutely have to wait to serve them, you can keep them warm in a 200 F oven, placed on a baking pan as a single layer (although they may still lose their crispiness).

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