Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cooking with Kristin - Waffles

I sort of absentmindedly put a fancy waffle iron on my Christmas wish list this year, and then mentioned to my mother that I needed to take it off, because it was insane to ask for a hundred-dollar waffle iron. (NB: it is now $125.) At this point, she told me she'd already bought it for me. Cue epic shame. (Like, marginally better than the time I told her the strand of gorgeous pearls she bought me was too long and then ugly-cried in shame all the way to Theresa's house. Oy. I'm not the most graceful of gift-getters. Wow. This is getting real "real" for a blog post about waffles.)  Anyway, she told me to return it after I opened it on Christmas, but the shame of asking for it was too powerful (remind me to tell you the fun story about asking for a Keurig coffee maker one day), and the first thing I made when we got home from Christmas was waffles.

The best way to serve them is with local syrup, of course!

And actually, they were fucking amazing. And incredibly easy and there's no way to make them without a waffle iron so why not get the best one on the market, right? Anyway, since then, we've made them a few times, and we've tried experimenting a bit, which has been a lot of fun.  We're even planning a waffle brunch one day for friends, so if you're in the NY area, keep your eyes peeled for your invitations soon.

And in the meantime, if you have a waffle iron, you should try making these yourself. They're shockingly fast to put together and they're made out of all normal things that we usually keep in the house. (And if we keep them in the house, chances are you do, too.) No buttermilk in these babies.  We've made a few types by adding a 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the recipe, and a 1/2 cup of peanut butter AND banana slices (that one was delicious, but also made cleaning the waffle iron, a normally very easy task, a giant pain in the butt).  Our next experiment is going to be some sort of savory waffle (maybe these or these).

A quick NB on the recipe: for our waffle maker, halving this recipe makes an almost perfect 5 waffles (like, one full plate and then one single square), so it's perfect for two.  If you're especially hungry or feeding a crowd, go nuts with the full (or even doubled!) recipe.  They reheat well in the toaster oven. 

The Best Basic Waffles (Adapted from AllRecipes)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Preheat waffle iron. Beat all the ingredients together with a fork or wooden spoon, just until smooth. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray if necessary. Pour mixture onto hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  1. I got a waffle iron for Christmas two years ago and I love it! So fun and easy to do breakfast for dinner. I almost always have all the ingredients in the house, yet if feels fancy! I look forward to future waffle adventures (I keep wanting to do savory, but I haven't yet).

    1. Breakfast for dinner is a favorite here, too! I was so surprised at how easy it was to make - I suspect there are many waffles in our future.