Waffles: A Saturday Morning Tradition

18 05 2013

waffles

We’re approaching wedding season, and while I’m usually a proponent of buying off the registry, one of my favorite gifts from my wedding showers was a thoughtful addition to our home I hadn’t asked for, but that good friends knew me well enough to know we’d enjoy.

Dear readers, may I advocate, the waffle iron.

It’s the perfect gift… sweet, benefits both man and woman, and brings the happy couple a warm tradition they’ll enjoy for many Saturdays to come. My dear friends Anna and Christen gave us a beautiful gift basket complete with all we’d need, including the iron, a package of pancake mix, and the recipe.

Mr. SIT and I are different in many ways when it comes to our morning routines. I love sleeping in. He’s up with the sunrise. I’m a tea drinker. He drinks coffee. He likes to start his morning with the news. I prefer to remain blissfully unaware, at least until the day is started properly and a girl’s got to have her mascara on.

But one thing we can agree on on the weekends is breakfast. With good syrup, a generous pat of butter, and a cold glass of milk, there’s nothing better than waffles on a lazy Saturday morning. So, this weekend, before you pull out the lawnmower or head to the park, whip up a batch of delicious waffles.

Here’s our favorite recipe, adapted from my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. This makes about 8 large waffles, so it serves 4 or so, but they freeze wonderfully between sheets of wax paper in a Ziplock bag.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Place all ingredients together in a bowl. Stir until just moistened.
  3. Grease your waffle iron with a little cooking oil or Pam spray.
  4. Place about 1 cup of the batter onto the waffle iron. Close the lid and don’t open until you stop seeing steam coming from the cooking waffles (mine has a little red light that turns green when they’re through).
  5. Lift iron and remove waffles with a fork.
  6. Repeat with remaining batter. If you like, keep a oven-safe plate nearby and pop done waffles warm in a low oven until ready.
  7. Top with whatever you like — syrup, powdered sugar, honey, fruit — and enjoy!
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