Thursday, March 6, 2014

Buttermilk Waffles

Guys, guys, guys. WHY aren’t we eating waffles like, all the time? First of all, we can agree that they are delicious. Tender in the middle, crisp on the outside, with awesome little pockets for butter or syrup or I don’t know, bacon crumbles or cheese. Or anything you want to put on it. And then besides being the most wonderful vehicles for tasty stuff, they are also incredibly simple to make. Just whip up some batter, heat up your waffle iron, and you’re minutes away from enjoying one of these fabulous creations. And wait one second, here’s the really genius part. Make some extra waffles and you can freeze them, then just pop them in the toaster like an Eggo and you have a quick, delicious homemade waffle pretty much any time you want. I mean, this should change your life.

I had some leftover buttermilk from another recipe so I threw these together on a Sunday morning. I usually make eggs on the weekend, and this was actually easier and faster. I followed an easy recipe from AllRecipes, and it was perfect.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup melted butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

You can do this in separate bowls if you’re a stickler, but you should know by now that I’m not. Whisk buttermilk and butter in a bowl together before whisking in the eggs. Then pour in the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix a little with a spoon on top of the wet mixture before stirring it in. Stir until it’s just combined, then add in the vanilla extract and stir that in. It will be lumpy, don’t worry.

Then make the waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions. And if you want to freeze some, just let them cool off, then either put them on a non stick pan in a single layer, or layer them on a plate with wax paper between and stick them in your freezer. Once they are completely frozen, you can put them in a plastic bag without worrying that they will stick together. To eat it, break the frozen waffle in half and put one half in each side of the toaster. Depending on the size of your toaster, you may have to flip it upside down and toast the other side a little bit. Or you could also heat it up in the oven for a few minutes. And viola! Waffles anytime. Let’s do this.

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