Quick And Easy Waffles With An Easy To Remember Recipe
As someone who loves to cook and bake, learning to make waffles was a must for me. After playing with the idea several times I made a recipe that is quick and easy, uses few dishes, is easy to remember, and is easy to change-up for a little variety. Since sharing is most of the fun is cooking I am sharing my recipe with you here today. I call these waffles "2" easy because they are indeed too easy to make and too easy to remember the recipe for. The number 2 is very central to the recipe. You will use 2 eggs, 2 cups, 2 spoons, or 1/2 of something. The number 2 is in almost all the measurements for the ingredients. You will see what I mean.
2 Cups of flour
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 Cups of milk
1/2 Cup of vegetable oil or melted butter
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Before We Begin
I will let you know that I always use a Belgian waffle maker for my waffles. I have never tried it with any other style of waffle maker. I see no reason, however, that it would not work with any waffle maker. I highly recommend getting a Belgian waffle maker though. All of the ones that I have ever seen are of good quality. They tend to leak less batter during cooking. They also tend to cook more evenly than others. Plus I like the way that they taste much better.
Step one is to get out your waffle maker and plug it in so that it starts to heat up. Then in a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Use a fork to stir your dry ingredients and form a well in the center of your bowl. Set this aside for now. Crack your eggs into a medium mixing bowl and lightly beat them. To this add your milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir together all of these items until well mixed and it is difficult to see that there is oil in the bowl. When done, add all the liquid mixture at once to your dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until moistened. Give your waffle makers cooking surfaces a quick shot of cooking spray. Measure out enough or your batter to make a waffle and pour it over the surface of your waffle maker and close the lid. How much batter you will need for this will be dependent on your brand and type of waffle maker. Mine is about 1/2 of a cup. You can usually get about 8 - 10 waffles from this recipe. Now all you do is get a plate ready and wait.
Unless you have a bunch of people who you are cooking for you are likely to end up with some extra batter. That it fine. Put it in an air tight plastic container in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 days. When you are ready to use it just pull it out. It will likely have started to separate. All you need to do is add 1 more teaspoon of baking powder and mix the batter until it is all combined once again and it will cook just like the first time.
The Very Best Part
The best and most delicious part of making waffles is topping them. The options available to you are almost endless. Stopped only by the confines of your imagination. Well that and what ever you are comfortable putting in your stomach. Here are a few of my favorite ways to top waffles. In my family growing up the standard was butter and syrup. I like to spread peanut butter or Nutella on mine and smother it in syrup. Syrup of any kind is great and adding fresh fruit and whip cream is something that everyone needs to try at least once. Really this step is up to you so have some fun with it!
Make It Differently Tomorrow
While waffles are an amazing breakfast food, anything that you consume too frequently you will get bored with eventually. To keep that from happening try putting some variation on the recipe. Here are a couple of ways that I like to keep things interesting.
Whole Wheat Waffles:
Make the waffle batter as described above but replace a portion of the flour with some form of whole wheat. I usually mix the flour half and half. That is half regular flour and half whole wheat flour. You can also try using a mix of flour and oatmeal. I have not done it this way so I don't know what ratio to use, but I do know several people who have done this with delicious results.
Buttermilk waffles are a great treat and just as easy to make. Start by reducing the baking powder to 1 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Then just substitute 2 cups of buttermilk for the milk.
Tip: Since buttermilk is rather expensive you may not just have it lying around. That is not a problem at all. In fact I recommend using sour milk instead. It will cost you much less and you don't have to keep it on hand. You just make what you need and use it. No leftovers to deal with that way. So here is how you make it. Before you start your recipe, this one or any other calling for buttermilk or sour milk, measure out milk in the amount that you need and add to it 1 Tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice for each cup of milk. I think that vinegar gives a better flavor and is a little more effective. Just give it a quick stir and set it aside for a few minutes. I just start my recipe and it is usually done by the time I get to adding the milk.
Enjoy your waffles! Let me know of any variations that you find and want to share!