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Sunday, February 26, 2012

[Homemade Waffle] A small but nice weekend treat

I usually ask my kids, in Friday evening, what they want to have for Saturday breakfast.
They eat breakfast at daycare on weekdays. Even though the eat a very good breakfast,
I want to make them something they want to eat in the weekend.
Maybe because breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me.
I don't mind sleeping not so much for a few days. I can live on 5-hour sleep for a week.
No problem.
But, I have a huge problem if I don't eat a filling and satisfying breakfast in every morning.
Simply I don't function properly without a good breakfast.
That is why I wake up earlier and spare a good chunk of time to have breakfast.
Well, the fact that I am a very morning person makes it easy for me to wake up to eat. :)
I was really surprised when I learned there were people who rather preferring sleeping 15 more minutes to having breakfast. Mr. D was such a person when we first met.
But, guess what, he doesn't skip breakfast not any more, since we got married.
First, I had to force him to wake up, which I still do every morning :(, but now he eats breakfast voluntarily.
And we eat a nice long breakfast in the weekend, whether at home or at a diner.

I want to make them a good weekend breakfast, and I secretly(?) hope my kids, even after they grow up,  will come to our place, with their significant others and kids, to have weekend breakfast.  :) But, as you know, that is something beyond my control.

That being said, Remi is a little creature who wants to eat something different every day.
(On the other hand, Pablo is a creature of habit, and usually wants to eat the same thing.)
And a few weeks ago, he ordered(?) waffles for the weekly Saturday breakfast. His brother ordered the same thing. Thank Goodness. It doesn't happen often. :)
I took my tiny waffle iron/maker out from the storage the night before.

I know, I know.
I also have dreamed about a round circular waffle maker what you usually see at a breakfast restaurant.
But, as this little friend is performing just fine, I cannot justify myself to buy another waffle maker.

Guess how much I paid for this little waffle iron.

I paid $13 + tax for this machine. I bought it either at Walmart or at Canadian Tire.
It doesn't have a temperature dial/control.
But I don't really need it. Switch on/off is all I have :(
Well, actually it's not as hot as more powerful machines, but still it works fine.
So I think I'll use it, at least, for a while.

Here goes the recipe.
The recipe was adapted from All Recipes.

(3-4 servings)

1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1+1/2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping (optional)
whipped cream
maple syrup
icing sugar

How to make:

1. Preheat waffle iron. 
Don't skip this part.
It's very important to preheat the machine, to have waffles that are crispy on top, and soft inside.

Preheat oven to 150-170 Fahrenheit. You can keep waffles warm while you make several batches.

2. Beat egg in large bowl with hand beater or mixer, until fluffy.

3. Beat in, milk, vegetable oil, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.

4. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients, i.e. flour, baking powder, and sugar.

5. Beat in dry ingredients.

Don't over mix the batter, unless you want chewy waffles~

6. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray if your waffle machine tends to be sticking.
Mine is non-stick. I guess most modern(?) waffle irons are non-stick.
Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. 

7. Cook until golden brown, for 3-4 minutes.

Place waffles made on a baking sheet and keep them warm in the preheated oven.

Serve hot, with topping(s) of your choice :)

I serve with icing sugar, butter, maple syrup, and whichever fruit we have. :)
It's sweet, but as I said, weekend breakfast is a small treat for all of us, isn't it? :)


Homemade Waffles


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