Waffles in Bed

Sundays are meant to revolve around two things: bed and brunch (or better yet, brunch in bed!). There is no better feeling, in my opinion, than waking up on a Sunday morning at 11 am with absolutely no plans for the day, and cooking a delicious breakfast to feel-good music surrounding the house. I woke up this Sunday with one thing on my mind: waffles.

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I decided this would be a good opportunity to share my fool-proof recipe for the best waffles you’ve ever tasted! This isn’t a recipe I’ve made up, it actually comes from my favourite cookbook of all time,  Joy of Cooking. I would honestly recommend this cookbook to everyone I know, whether you’re a newbie or an expert in the kitchen; it has all kinds of classic recipes from cooking meat, breakfasts, sauces, dressings, desserts, and much more! So, let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A waffle iron
  • Toppings of your choice:
    • Maple syrup, fruit, berries, jam are some of my personal favourites!

D R Y 

  • All-purpose flour → 1 3/4 cups
  • Baking powder  → 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar  → 1 tablespoon
    • You have the option to omit the sugar if you are going for a more savory waffle
  • Salt  → 1/2 teaspoon

W E T 

  • 3 Eggs
  • Butter, melted  → 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) – 1 cup (2 sticks)
    • You may add anywhere from 1/2 a stick of butter (giving you a reduced-fat waffle), to 1 stick (giving you a classic fluffy waffle), to 2 sticks of butter (for a crunchy and thick waffle)
    • I personally use 1 stick of butter 
  • Milk  → 1 1/2 cups

 

This recipe will give you about 6 large waffles, perfect for a small family Sunday brunch!

Just follow these steps, for perfect fluffy waffles:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron so it will be ready once the batter is prepared

2. Combine the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a larger bowl, whisk the ingredients together so it looks like one consistency

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1 3/4 cup Flour
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1 tbsp Baking Powder
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1 tbsp Sugar
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1/2 tsp Salt

3. Next, combine the wet ingredients: the eggs, the butter, and the milk into another bowl, whisk the ingredients together so it, once again, looks like one consistency.

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3 Eggs
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1 1/2 cups Milk (I used Soy)
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1 stick Butter

4. Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk the ingredients together until combined, it will have a little bit of a lumpy look. Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes to let it settle.

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5. If you choose to make some flavoured waffles, you will want to fold in your chosen ingredients at this time and then let the batter settle.

  • Some options include: chocolate chips, blueberries, and bananas

6. When the waffle iron is warm, grease it with whatever method you choose. My personal favourite is Pam Coconut Oil Cooking Spray (I only had the Olive Oil version at home today), a slightly healthier option than simply greasing the iron with butter. But if that’s not what you’re looking for, feel free to do that instead!

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7. Pour the batter into the waffle iron, about the size of a hockey puck. You don’t want to fill it with too much batter, because when you close the iron it will spread the batter out to cook, and you want to avoid any spillage.

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8. It should take about 1 or 2 minutes for the waffle to cook. Feel free to take a peek and adjust your cooking time to your desired crispiness. Repeat these steps until you are out of batter!

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It seriously could not be any easier!

For my toppings this morning, I decided to make a fruit syrup:

  1. Heat your pan on low-medium heat
    • This can also be done in the microwave, but in my opinion the stove gives it a better consistency
  2. Add your choice of frozen berries
  3. Stir occasionally until the berries are softened, almost mushy, and have formed a liquid20160619_122729
  4. Feel free to add a little cornstarch in the liquid to thicken up the syrup
  5. Drizzle your fruit syrup over your waffles, add some chopped banana, and you’re ready to go!

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So, there you have it! Your new favourite Sunday brunch! This recipe is totally open to experiment: you can test out different toppings, add a fried egg on top of your waffle, and of course pair it with some bacon and sausages! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

 

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