Last school holiday, after some volunteer street collecting for Breast Cancer, I decided Miss Muffin deserved a treat and I could be kind enough to help her with the eating of her treat. Yeah, shoot me, I love to reward with food.
We had walked past and talked about the little hole in the wall that is The Little Waffle Shop. We had heard about this place and when the waffle of the day involved berries, chocolate and Oreos we could not walk past. I think it was $7.50 (NZ) so not at all pricey for the delicious dream it was.
The waffle was a perfect batter with the yeasty taste and not over sweet. It was both crispy and fluffy and yum. It reminded me of my perfect waffle in Luxembourg Gardens in central Paris. Growing up in Brighton we were very close to France and a pop across the ocean was nothing.
Having this waffle renewed my love of the waffle. I have owned a few waffle machines and lost the love of them with the last one. I paid out for a decent make and after 6 months ended up returning it as it would not cook properly. The company was midway between the release of a new machine and getting rid of the model I had, I took a cash refund. Luckily enough, at the mall the other day I saw a machine on offer for $30 and just had to have it. This sparked the search for the crispy, yeasty and fluffy waffle batter recipe. I stumbled across the right one first time and with a bit if tweaking have reached perfection. This recipe needs to be stored on this blog as the paper copy is not looking the best. That copy was from here.
1 tsp instant yeast
2 c flour
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
120 grm melted butter (cooled)
2 c milk at room temp (warm slightly in microwave)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Mix dry ingredients and stir in the milk, butter and vanilla
This does make a runny mixture which needs to be covered and left over night, I have been leaving it out on the side but will start putting it in the fridge as we move into summer.
In the morning-
Turn on that machine
Split eggs, mix egg yolks together and add to overnight mix
Whisk egg whites until soft peak stage and fold into the mix
Cook according to your machines instructions, don’t forget they contain yeast and will fluff up.
with the latest batch (made on Friday night) we had some left over for Sunday morning. This older mix had been kept in the fridge and made very good waffles still. I may consider starting these on Friday morning, adding the egg on Friday evening and keeping in the fridge overnight to use Saturday morning.
When we cook them we do a tag team, whoever takes the waffle puts the next batch in for the next person. Waffle relay, now that is my kind of sport.