Thursday, 5 April 2012

Waffles for Breakfast

Donkey says to Shrek....'and in the morning I'm making WAFFLES!'  This morning I had a bit of a Donkey moment and had to have waffles,too.  It's not something you'd do every morning.  They take a bit more time and effort than my usual porridge and who wants to hear the electric mixer whipping egg whites first thing in the morning!   But once in a while, when the mood is right, waffles are a treat worth making.  Just ask Donkey, he'll agree.


Of course, the first thing you need to do is heat up your waffle iron.  You want it up to temperature when the batter is ready.  Put a serving dish or platter in your oven and turn the oven on low, just hot enough to keep the cooked waffles warm until serving.

Now here's what you need to make the waffle batter:

1 3/4 cups of flour
2 Tablespoons white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, separated-place the egg whites in a small mixing bowl for later
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

 Sift together into a mixing bowl, the flour, sugar, and baking powder.  In a large jug, combine the milk, egg yolks and vegetable oil.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks.  Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter mixture.  Try to keep as much air in the batter as possible. 

Lightly brush the waffle iron with oil and pour some of the batter into the segments.  My waffle iron holds about 1/3 cup of batter per section.  Close the lid and let them bake.  You will see steam coming out of the sides of the waffle iron. When the steam slows down, check to see if the waffles are golden brown.  (It usually takes at least four or five minutes...your will have to get a feel for your machine.)

Transfer the cooked waffles to the oven to keep them warm until you have used all the remaining batter and are ready to serve.

Now, what shall we have on them? I am a purist, I like butter and maple syrup on mine.  When we have fresh strawberries, I slice a few berries, sprinkle a bit of sugar over them and spoon them over the waffles with a bit of cream.  I've seen them eaten with all sorts of toppings- ice cream and toffee sauce, chocolate spread, peanut butter and just powdered sugar.  If you have any left over, wrap them in plastic wrap or a freezer bag.  Simply pop them in the toaster to warm them up....or not.  I've seen Andy munch them cold! 

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