Win-Win Waffles

Win-Win Waffles

Why? YOU don’t have to take 5 football playing teens and their dates to the Waffle House and pay for their meal: Win. THEY don’t have to be seen in public with you: Win.
Last night was our son’s High School Prom. All of the kids at his table went out after the prom, then back to a friend’s house. Since they hosted the group to stay over, I figured the least I could do for the parents was help make breakfast. Our son requested these waffles. In fact, they are so easy, he’s even made them and had success and he’s only 17! It’s a pretty easy recipe, you just have to prepare ahead of time and have a well-stocked pantry. The original recipe calls for buttermilk and I shockingly had run out, so I substituted plain yogurt and nobody knew the difference. I also would take this up a notch if I was serving it for brunch or adults by adding grated orange zest and malted milk powder into the batter.

I did create up the maple-honey syrup myself. When I said I would make the waffle batter I neglected to check to see if I had enough syrup for 10-12 hungry people. I didn’t think I did, so I augmented the syrup I did have with honey and eventually butter. We always use pure maple syrup, not the kind cut with corn or other sugar syrups. Basically I applied the same technique for making a buerre blanc sauce. I reduced the maple syrup and honey to concentrate the flavor and make it slightly more viscous then after removing the pan from the heat, I made an emulsion by slowly swirling in the cold butter bit by bit. The flavor is intense and unexpected.
All the waffles are gone and everyone is napping now, so they must have liked them.
So here’s the Waffle House Recipe and don’t forget to subscribe to my emails if you would like to receive notification when future recipes are posted on the blog.Questions or comments? I love both!  I do have a day job, so you won’t be spammed with post after post, day in and day out.

Have a great day, I know I did seeing these young people eating up the food I made. See? It’s already a win-win.

Waffle House Waffles Homemade (adapted from the Waffle House recipe posted by Just a Pinch recipes)

1 ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons of malted milk powder (optional)
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup plain yogurt (or buttermilk)
½ cup milk
½ cup Half & Half cream
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 orange (optional)

Note: Prepare this batter the night before for a very rich breakfast.

Sift the dry ingredients. With a stick blender, blend the liquids, egg, sugar, vanilla and butter together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix several times with the blender. It is okay to have a few lumps, you do not want to over mix the batter. It will be thick- the consistency of cake batter. Store covered & refrigerated for 12 hours or overnight.

Follow the directions on the waffle iron for pre-heating and proceed.
Makes 6-8 Belgian waffles.

Serve with Maple-Honey Butter.

Maple-Honey Butter (can be made day of serving)

2 cups pure maple syrup
½ cup honey
4- 6 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

Heat maple syrup and honey in a heavy bottom sauce pan to boil, reduce heat to simmer and continue to cook the syrup so that it reduces for about 30 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and add 3 or 4 pieces of butter, then gently swirl the pan until all of the butter is melted. Add 3 or 4 more pieces of butter and swirl again until all butter is incorporated. Leave at room temperature until ready to pour over waffles.

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