I am trying to embrace waffles. I was raised on pancakes. Pancakes are thin, moist, fluffy happy cakes that make me smile. Waffles always seem thick, dry, and artificial tasting.
I realize that I am in the minority. I don't often utter "Waffles? Who needs 'em!" out loud for fear of being mocked cruelly at breakfast joints. I have decided the only way to truly get over my waffle prejudice is to start making them myself and figure out how I like them. I have done this with several foods and the immersion technique has not failed me yet.
There are many kinds of waffle batters. The two most popular by distinction, being one leavened by baking powder and one leavened by yeast. Originally, it seems that the yeast used was from beer which makes sense given the waffles Belgian ancestry. For my first waffle attempt, I made yeasted waffles.
(I used regular yeast this time but plan to use a coffee porter in the future as the yeast.)
The Tovolo Pancake Pen was perfect to assist with batter direction and distribution onto the waffle iron. The Tovolo Waffle Tongs were great because, well, they're Waffle Tongs. The recipe I used was from King Arthur Flour because if they don't have a basic, easy, and delicious waffle recipe then no one will.
Here is a picture of the batter after sitting in the fridge overnight. Note the bubbles from the yeast being active and doing its job. I think making the batter the night before, which is a very simple and quick, one bowl undertaking is well worth it. You just need to get up in the morning, put the coffee on, heat up the waffle iron, and GO! Make sure to spray the waffle iron with a little cooking spray to keep the waffle from sticking. I used coconut oil spray. I poured my batter in the Tovolo Pancake Pen which made the process clean and easy.
I will Lego my Eggo - you can have it! I would much rather have this waffle! By the way, I like them with butter and a little strawberry jam.
My first attempt at a Waffle! Pretty proud!