Hola! Last week I was able to fulfill one of my precious childhood dreams: I got a waffle maker! And my husband and I couldn't be any happier. I have big plans for my little belgian waffle maker, like waffle sandwiches, waffle quesadillas, and some other important things along those lines. But first things first: a basic waffle recipe. I made some tests with various recipes and came to a pretty decent foolproof base recipe, that you can tweak to make any-flavor waffles, from sweet to savory. I'll be sharing the recipe today, hope you can try it out and make it your own!
for 2 servings, feel free to double or triple or + for more and/or yummy leftovers
- 1 cup flour (all purpose, whole wheat, gluten free, etc)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk (any kind)
- 1/4 cup butter (or oil)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
MAKE IT SWEET
- 1/2 tbsp sugar (or honey)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- THE EGG DILEMMA: You can separate the egg white and whisk it up until hard peaks form, then fold it at the very end with your batter. Or you can skip it altogether and just mix the whole egg in the batter. I tried it both ways, and while it does make the waffle lighter and airy on the inside, if you don't feel like doing it the waffles come out pretty good anyway, so you can try it on special occasions!
- So, if you decide to separate and whisk the egg white, do it first, if not mix the egg in a bowl with the milk, melted butter and water (and if sweet, the vanilla extract and sugar), then add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
- At this point you have the base mix, you can now add anything you want to flavor it up.
- SWEET IDEAS: blueberries, chopped strawberries, cinnamon, chopped bananas, walnuts, poppy seeds, cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate chips, etc.
- SAVORY IDEAS: cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, corn, chopped salami, chopped lunch meat, chopped sausage, more cheese, chopped cooked bacon, etc.
- NOTE: The batter should be thick but runny enough to easily fall down in "like a ribbon" when scooped. If you add too many toppings (which is fine, don't worry) and it gets too thick, just add a couple tablespoons more of water until it gets a nice consistency.
- Follow your waffle maker instructions, mine cooks these nicely on medium heat on 5 minutes, or 7 minutes if they are whole wheat.
Waffles are so versatile and I love the contrast between a crunchy outside and a soft fluffy inside. Savory waffles can be topped with avocado slices and your salsa or dressing of choice, and sweet waffles with a swirl of honey, some whipped cream or fresh fruits. Or fill them up with awesome things and just eat them straight up like that with no toppings. As always, have fun in the kitchen and pair these with a cup of tea or your favorite drink!