Alliteration! Alliteration makes me unreasonably happy.
Someone gave me a waffle maker when we got married and I was psyched! I’d registered for it, chosen the specific model carefully but now…what was I supposed to do with it? I mean, I eat waffles, mostly at Waffle House at 3:00am, but how does one make a really delicious waffle? Breakfast has become my new favorite thing and I was determined to find the Perfect Waffle Recipe.
I experimented with a lot of different online recipes and low and behold, the best one was actually found at “Tammy’s Recipes,” a random food blog. I love that! Why would I tell people to try Modern Mouthful’s recipes if I don’t try other bloggers’? Anyway, Tammy knows what’s up. With waffles, at least.
THE BEST WAFFLE BATTER
original recipe from Tammy’s Recipes
makes about 5-6 full-size waffles
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk (the higher fat content, the better)
1/4 cup half-and-half or cream (or sub. milk instead)
6 Tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
optional: add-ins like fruit (bananas! blueberries!), nuts (pecans! walnuts!) or chocolate chips
1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until combined – don’t overmix – and know the batter will be lumpy. Let the batter sit for at least 5 minutes before you use it so the gluten can develop.
2. Get your waffle iron heated up. Mine has a 1-5 setting and I usually like to use the 3 or 4 setting. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray each time before pouring batter in so the waffles won’t stick. I like to pour the batter into a measuring cup to make pouring it into the waffle iron easier. Don’t overfill – add enough batter so the iron is about 3/4 full. My waffle iron has a light that turns green when they’re “done” but I like to cook them a little longer, until browned and crispy.
PROTIP: Heat your plates up before serving the waffles and microwave your syrup, too. Little tricks like this take your waffles from “good” to “ohmygodwhydon’twehavewaffleseverymeal?”