7.21.2010

Waffles!

I have been meaning to try this recipe for ages (you are all proabably way ahead of me on this), but because my kids are grown, I don't make waffles very often. I had the chance a while back and jumped all over it.

When I used to make waffles, I always depended on my mother's waffle recipe. It was excellent, everyone was happy, so why look further? But when I started blogging, I kept running across a recipe for raised waffles by Marion Cunningham. Cunningham is an award-winning food writer and prolific cookbook author. I read about her waffles first on David Lebovitz's blog, then on Orangette  (Who, by the way, didn't like them!). I think you'll enjoy reading David's article if you have time.

The idea sounded great to me for two reasons: 1) I love yeast-based pancakes so why wouldn't I love raised waffles? and 2) you do all the work the night before so it's perfect when you have guests.

Well, as far as I'm concerned, these were delicious! I'm throwing Mother's recipe away; that's how good these were. Marion's are light as a feather with a very slight yeasty taste which I love. And if I hadn't told my guests they were raised waffles, they would never have known. (Well, they put butter and maple syrup on them before tasting and I tasted them plain before garnishing!) Such a morning time-saver to throw them together the night before and let them do their magic while you sleep! And it IS magic.


Marion Cunningham's Raised Waffles


Ingredients:

1/2 cup warm water
1 package dried yeast
2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Method:

Use a  large bowl; the batter will rise to double its original volume.
Put the water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let stand to dissolve for 5 minutes. Add the milk, butter, salt, sugar, and flour to the yeast mixture and beat until smooth and blended.

Cover with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature. 

Just before cooking the waffles, beat in the eggs, add the baking soda , and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very thin. 

Pour about 1/2-3/4  cup batter into a very hot waffle iron. Bake until golden and crisp. This batter will keep for several days in the refrigerator.




52 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful, Yeast Waffles must be great! I can just imagine the light crunchy texture.

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  2. I used to make waffles all the time in the country for guests... but now that I am in the city most of the time, and my beloved is not much of a breakfast person, the waffle maker is probably rusty!! I just saw it in the pantry the other day and went, hmm, why don't I make waffles? I love the Cunningham recipe and you have inspired me to dust it off,,,well print yours! I can't agree with you more about the texture and that you can do it the day before!

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  3. I love waffles, have a waffle maker (& toasted sandwich maker) since years and still have made any! A shame... Those look really delicious.

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Golden perfection daaaaaaahling. You know, I've got a waffle maker--a small one, it makes waffle fingers, and I've never used it. This might just be the recipe i need to take it out of its package LOL, yes, I know, naughty!
    *kisses* HH

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  5. In all of my yeast foibles I've never tried making waffles! They look absolutely wonderful.

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  6. LOVE the new header.

    And I know I told you we gave our waffle iron away, but it was to the Knight's best friend, who lives about five miles away. I bet he'd let the waffle maker come visit me...

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  7. :::gasp
    Throwing your Mother's recipe away?

    Just kidding. Man this recipe must be very good. I've never made waffles in my life and will give this a try. Of course I don't have a waffle maker and need one more kitchen gadget like I need a hole in my head... But I just can't turn down a recommendation like that. Thanks for sending along the recipe Barbara.

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  8. This is the first time I've heard Marion Cunningham mentioned in quite awhile. I've used many of her recipes over the years and have never been disappointed. These looks wonderful. Alas, we don't have a waffle iron. It's something I've thought of giving my husband as a retirement gift--great idea, huh? Well, he loves waffles. Do you have a particular favorite waffle iron?

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  9. I'm drooling over these Barbara. We are not such big eaters of waffles in the UK as you are in the states - This needs to change, as these look divine!! Yum!

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  10. How can such a simple combination of ingredients looks so mouth-watering?! You're still ahead of me since I have not tried them yet but I will after seeing yours.

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  11. I love the lightness that yeast waffle have. These look delicious.
    Mimi

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  12. Nice job. Now that I've come around to pancakes, waffles are next. These look delicious!

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  13. Yeasted waffer! Oh I am so in love with these. I got to try this out soon and keep a big batch in the freezer for anytime use! haha.... Hope you're having a wonderful day, Barbara.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  14. Barbara I LOVE yeasted waffles - and yes, toss all other recipes away! The best part? Toss everything together the night before, throw in the fridge and voila' - beautiful waffles for breakfast in the morning!

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  15. i need to get a waffle maker! so lovely!

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  16. Hi Barbara,
    I, too, had marked those yeasty waffles when I read about them on Orangette....but have yet to make them. Your post had served as the perfect reminder--they look so delicious.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Nancy

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  17. These waffles are to die for! I have made them several times and have a serious crush on them - such a great recipe, Barbara.

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  18. They look so light and perfect! Must be amazing for you to use instead of your mom's :) I'm definitely going to try these.

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  19. Hi Barbara,

    Your waffles look so light and gorgeous. It is making me hungry just looking at these delightful treats, would like to try them and thanks for the recipe.

    Enjoy the rest of the week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  20. Barbara...you don't know how I'm truly itching to get myself a waffle maker. Before we decided to downsize, my kitchen could handle one more appliance...and yet there didn't seem to be quite the right waffle maker with a 5 star grade (I know, I'm a little too picky). Where we are now residing our kitchen real estate is slightly restrictive. I'm so looking forward to our next place...much bigger kitchen...and waffles will get made...no more hesitations!!!

    Your waffles look incredibly delicious...a little maple syrup and maybe a few berries...and I'm a very happy gal ;o)

    Have a fabulous day and flavourful wishes, Claudia

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  21. These look just like the kind my grandmother used to make! Beautiful!

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  22. bisquick or quick-batter waffles can't even hold a candle to their yeasted counterparts. brilliant work, barbara!

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  23. I love a good waffle, especially one made with a yeast dough, but haven't made them in years. Now you've really got my mouth watering, Barbara. I imagine they smell wonderful while they are baking.

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  24. The texture of your waffles looks just perfect! I haven't had breakfast yet and boy do I want one of these waffles!

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  25. I have loved and made yeast waffles forever...

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  26. Gosh! if youre throwing ur mother's recipe away Im definitely keeping this one. It must be VERY good. Intersting that it uses yeast too. I usually have recipes for waffles that dont use yeast. A must try . thanx :)

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  27. As a waffle addict, I MUST try these!!!!

    Love the new look!

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  28. Fabulous! And I love the new-look blog too! x

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  29. I love the sound of yeast waffles Barbara! I bet they are insanely delicious! And how very convenient to make the batter the night before.

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  30. It's been a while since I've slow-cooked with yeast (bread). Perhaps this recipe is the one to re-attempt with. They look delectable from here.

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  31. thanks for the kind comment on my pasta dish, oh I want some waffles with my coffee!

    Rebecca

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  32. I've just ordered the round Cuisinart waffle iron and bookmarked this recipe. I'm giving the iron to my husband as a "no reason" present with a waffle in it accompanied by a bottle of real maple syrup. I won't be wrapping it but don't think he'll mind. Thanks again. Cuisinart also thanks you!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  33. My husband makes a mean waffle...I think this is what we will have tomorrow morning..with fresh blueberries..yummmmm... Happy Friday sweet one. xoxoo

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  34. these waffles looks delicious!

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  35. I love how nice and light your waffles look! A great vehicle to soak up loads up maple syrup...!

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  36. yes,
    excellent for breakfast..
    the color is cute!

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  37. I'm a huge fan of Marion Cunningham! I don't make waffles anymore either. As a matter of fact, I put my waffle iron out for the yard sale I'm having this month. I'd love to grab it for one more last breakfast but you know me and yeast-a-phobia:)

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara, yours look fabulous! I do believe I can smell them from here!!!

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  38. OK Barbara I'm definitely trying these now after hearing that you like this better! :D

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  39. i just love waffles, I just had one shared at A & W! topped with two scoops of ice cream! very pleasing! :)

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  40. Oh my God Barbara these waffles are heavenly, I love the picture look wonderful,delicious and perfect, have a nice weekend, huggs, gloria

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  41. Yeasted waffles! Heck yeah!

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  42. I love the fact that you make the batter ahead of time- I love anything that gets breakfast on the table quicker! My grandson asks for waffles when he's with me, so I'm saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

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  43. those waffles look so very good!!! I do love waffles and I need to start making my own mix! thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. Sounds like these are a must try. I'm a waffle lover! And I love that you do the work the night before.

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  45. Love the new look Barbara, and love these waffles. I really need to get myself a waffle iron, oh the possibilities!

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  46. I have never made waffles in my life... but this recipe is giving me the push :-)

    Sawadee from bangkok,
    Kris

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  47. Good morning, Barbara! Thank you for your visit...this is the second time I see you grace my comment page and I am so honored! And to see that scrumptuous dishes you have awaiting here is wonderful, especially in the morning when I visit bloggers!!!! I prefer the texture of waffles over pancakes; waffles don't seem to absorb all the syrup as much and so less is required. Plus it looks like yours CRUNCH a bit! Heavenly!

    ENJOY YOUR SUNDEAY! What good food do you have planned for the day? Anita

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  48. Barbara, What perfect waffle. I am always looking for something different to use in my classes and this will be a change. I cannot wait to try them.

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  49. I love the new header of your bog: it is lovely!!

    These yeasted waffles look like the rel thing!! They lok so appetizing too!

    Kisses from Brussels!

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  50. I've been meaning and meaning to make this classic waffle recipe. You've definitely sold me on it now.

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  51. I love the idea of having sorbet on salad, it is a brand new idea to me.. so pleased you share it with us!

    I can see how much you enjoy tomatoes.... :-)

    Sawadee from bangkok,
    Kris

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  52. I made these for breakfast yesterday and they are now the family favourite- thank you!!

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