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Waffles: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert

Still Life with Waffle

Edward Bottone

Classic Belgian Waffles

Brussels waffle

These waffles are Brussels-style, with deep pockets, a crisp exterior, and delightful texture that is both airy and slightly chewy.

Preparation

  1. For the waffle batter: In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the milk, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla; stir well. Add the eggs and whisk until blended; the mixture does not have to be perfectly smooth. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature for 1 hour; the batter will bubble and grow. The batter may then be used or refrigerated overnight.

2. To cook and serve the waffles: Preheat a standard 18 cm (7 inch) Belgian-style (deep pocket) waffle iron. Brush or spray with with butter or oil, and pour 158 to 177 ml (⅔ to ¾ cup) batter — or the amount recommended by the manufacturer — into the center of the iron. Close the lid and cook until the waffle is golden brown, about 5-6 minutes or as needed. Waffles may be held at 121°C (250°F) or set aside and re-crisped in a 177°C (350°F) oven or toaster oven.

3. Right before serving, dust the hot waffles generously with confectioners’ sugar. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and strawberries.

Buttermilk Waffles

Destined to be one of your favorite recipes for buttermilk waffles, these airy waffles with a crisp exterior are equally good served for breakfast or laden with toppings as a sumptuous dessert. And they are easily transformed into Chocolate Waffles by substituting 42 grams (1/2 cup) Dutch processed cocoa for the same amount of flour.

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk, and stir until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

2. For cooking and serving: Preheat a waffle iron. Brush or spray with butter or oil. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s directions. Keep warm and crisp in a 121°C (250°F) oven until ready to serve. Right before serving, garnish as desired with syrup, whipped cream, berries, and coconut flakes.