Here are few thoughts from a friend of mine regarding the best waffle recipe.
There are a lot of folks out there claiming to have the best waffle recipe. They pile out of their Astro Vans and into church breakfasts, slinging mediocre waffles like a disenfranchised Dutchman. They’ll tell you their recipe is really simple (“I just use Bisquick batter and a can of sprite”) or takes a long time (“I let my yeast bloom for three days”) but the end result is always the same. The waffles are soggy, floppy, chewy, and taste like an old plastic bag. Heed not the advice of your friends and neighbors, these people are fools.
The best waffle recipe cannot be made by mere suburbanites with a cheap waffle iron and a furrowed brow. It must be made by God’s chosen people (for North Eastern Europe at least), the Belgians. The Belgians haven’t had it easy in a lot of respects, but they had one glorious food stuff (besides fries, beer, and chocolate) to get them through. The *cue angelic music* waffle! The Best Waffle Recipe ™ will have Belgium ingredients written all over it; white sugar, cardamom and a rocket hot waffle iron. Anything less should not be trusted, it was likely made by the ignoramuses who defile the sacred foodstuff that is waffle. Accept no less, heal thine soul.
Probably one of my fondest memories growing up was having waffles on Saturday morning with my family. We had the best homemade waffle recipe. If there was one family tradition that sticks out to me, that is it.
The tradition was so important to my siblings that when my mom and dad decided to get a new waffle iron when everyone had left the nest, the old one suddenly became a coveted item among us. It was a greasy old model from the 1970’s and had a decorative yellow flower paint job on the top. Oddly enough, it made rectangle waffles. I was the first to be offered the iron, which had been seasoned with years of love and use. I however, did not have room in my suitcase to take it to college with me, so my opportunity was lost. My sister did have room. She took it, but only had it for a month or so before she took it to my brother’s house, where she accidently left it. Now my brother has control over the iron, but for how long?
The next time I visit my brother there may be a chance that the iron will go missing. Is that evil of me? Perhaps. But if you have had the best waffle recipe, made with this special waffle iron, you would understand and I hope they will too. I’m sure I would be forgiven…right?
Great recipes aren’t just stumbled upon by accident, they are born. The Original Best Waffle Recipe is no exception.
A fine steak house will sneer at a customer for defiling their dinner with steak sauce or ketchup (catsup?). They sneer, and rightfully so, because the steak has been expertly prepared and the flavor needn’t be masked with a topping. The same can be said of the best waffle recipe. Syrup? No thank you. Jam? Are you kidding me? Butter? Oh please! This sweet waffle was born to run free. It’s exact origin? No one knows. It’s original title, “Norwegian Waffle” suggests a viking heritage. It has even been suggested that Eric the Red himself had a hand in the recipe which, once perfected, cause the vikings to stop pillaging and start waffling….We suggest you do the same.
1 1/4 Cups Sugar (yes sugar, that’s what give the waffles their power )
2 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cardamom
3/4 Cup Melted Butter
2 Cups Milk
3 Cups Flour
Beat on high speed until very thick: sugar, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, cardamom. Add and blend butter, milk and flour. Bake in waffle iron until light brown (waffle is meant to be dense, not crispy). Do not over bake. Serve with fresh fruit or jam, if you dare. May be eaten cold and with hands. This is a sweet waffle and can be served at brunch. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Yields about 15 Belgian style waffles.