On my way to 100 recipes in 100 days. Here is recipe 9.
Belgian waffles are my favorite thing about staying in the Holiday Inn Express. The fresh hot waffles are a wonderful treat.
I have tried a few other mixes from scratch, and I have most often used the box mix as it is easy to whip up. Remind me to tell you about the Christmas 2 years ago and the “exploding” waffle batter. Pretty funny and horrible to clean up.
These waffles are wonderful. So wonderful in fact, that I put the recipe on the side of my fridge as my new go to waffle recipe for quick breakfasts. The hint of cinnamon and brown sugar is really the secret with these. And the whipped egg whites make them so crispy and light. WONDERFUL!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir in to the dry ingredients just until moistened.
2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in to waffle batter
3. Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to iron directions. Enjoy!
*These waffles can be frozen up to 2 months*
Story of the “exploding” waffle batter
Last Christmas, my husband got me a new waffle iron. The fancy kind like at the hotels that you fill with batter and then rotate. It beeps when done and makes amazing Belgian waffles. Since he and I exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, I was hoping to use it Christmas morning to surprise my family of 20 with hot waffles. So, my twin sister and I looked through the little book that came with the waffle iron and found a recipe for a batter that you make overnight and it sets on the counter. Kind of like one of those Amish bread starter batters. Perfect…..we could get the batter made at night and be all ready to cook in the morning and as everyone woke up, they could have a fresh hot waffle just like at a hotel. Well…..it wasn’t but a few hours after we made the batter that I started to smell a funky smell. (I have a VERY sensitive nose). After looking around, I discovered that our batter had “grown” and was everywhere. I had set the bowl of batter on a small table in the corner of the dining room and because the batter grows…..it was now all over the table, the dining room floor and the legs of the table and chairs….and none left in the bowl.
Needless to say, it was a nasty mess to clean at midnight and because I was determined to have waffles for breakfast, I made it again, put it in a bigger bowl. Second time success.