The pickle man

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Waffles - a Saturday morning tradition

When I was growing up, my mom was definitely the chief cook in the house.  But dad had certain specialties - chili, steaks on the grill, and waffles on Saturday morning.

Michael and I got a waffle iron for a wedding present and used it a few times when we lived in New Orleans.  Then we had kids and the whole thing seemed like too much trouble... but I couldn't get rid of it, largely because of the memories I had of making "polka-dot" waffles with my dad on Saturday mornings growing up.

And then a few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, Dixon asked what was on top of the fridge.
I wiped off the dust and showed him the waffle iron.  And we decided to make waffles.

Currently we do this every Saturday before his soccer game.  I freeze the extras and give them to the baby on school mornings -- they reheat just like Eggos.

Preheat the waffle iron then mix together the ingredients.
William demonstrates the importance of NOT over-mixing the batter.

Then you pour the waffle batter onto the hot iron.

Pouring by mommy... photography by Dixon

Oh, and to achieve the "polka-dot" effect, you can either use blueberries or chocolate chips. 

Either way, they are delicious!

Dry ingredients:
2 cups flour (can substitute up to half of this with whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tablespoons sugar

Wet ingreditents
3 large eggs, beaten
2 cups buttermilk, shaken
2 Tablespoons butter, melted and then cooled

Combine the dry ingredients with a fork.  Stir in the wet ingredients.  Do not overstir - the batter should remain lumpy.  Spray a hot waffle iron with cooking spray.  Pour the batter onto the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer's directions.  Serve with butter and syrup.

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