Waffles




Waffles made with homegrown eggs are the Best!                                                

Waffles are a great family breakfast with a low sugar content. You can determine how much or how little fat content you want. I like to make waffles up in big batches because it is an excellent item to freeze. I separate each waffle and let them cool on a rack before packaging them for the freezer. They can be reheated in the microwave, toaster, conventional oven, or toaster oven. Having ready-made home cooking will save you time and money plus you know your feeding your family good food without additives and preservatives in them. It really doesn't take much more time to make a larger batch than a small one so it saves you time in the kitchen. The truth be known, I do not really like to spend so much time in the kitchen so I prefer to prepare food in bulk usually on Saturdays, on my free day so I don't have to be in the kitchen the rest of the week.

 

blueberry waffles
Homemade Plain Waffles
Your favorite fruit can be added to the batter. Pictured above are blueberry waffles.
 Even plain these waffles are so good.

Basic Waffle Recipe

(See Bulk Recipe Below for actual instructions)

This recipe yields 6 waffles, serve them up hot off the ironWaffle Iron

  • 2 eggs separated (Beat egg white until stiff, not dry)
  • 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar or Honey
  • 2 - 7 Tablespoon of melted butter or vegetable oil ( I prefer real butter)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

Health Tip: To keep away from refined and overprocessed foods use unbleached flour and substitute Honey for the Sugar in same proportions. To get your family used to whole grains start changing out the white flour to whole wheat one cup at a time. Example today when making the bulk recipe below I used 5 cups white flour and 1 cup of whole wheat. I will gradualy increase the amount of whole wheat used in the recipe to help the family transition. Using honey instead of sugar does not change the taste one bit. The family won't even realise the difference but you will know they are eating healthier.

Optional Ingredients for variety

  • 1/2 cup of your choice of berries fresh or frozen, pureed dried fruit, chopped nuts or coconut, grated semi-sweet chocolate, shredded cheddar sharp cheese, finely diced cooked ham, bacon bits

Fruit Additon Tip: I like my fruits fresh so I keep berries in the freezer and take out as needed. When I want fruit in my waffles I pour the regular batter into the waffle iron then place the amount of berries in the batter on the iron. They are still fozen but will not be frozen when cooked. This way you have the taste of fresh berries.

 

Waffle Iron
Waffle Iron
 Cook in Bulk, save time, and get out of the kitchen
Blackberry Waffles

Save Time Cook in Bulk

It is a timer saver to prepare a bulk recipe because you only need a little extra time on one day rather than returning to the kitchen multiple times for smaller fresh batches. Waffles freeze real well if you cool them completely before stacking in an air tight container. They can be removed individually as needed and tossed in the toaster and are just as good as freshly prepared. Waffles cooked in bulk can be a real time saver for busy Mom's with multiple children. With frozen waffles in the freezer you can have a quick ready breakfast on short notice.

Waffles Dusted with Powdered Sugar Blueberry Waffles
 Dusted with powdered sugar
The goodness of fruit added

Bulk Waffle Recipe

(This recipe yields 48 - 4" waffles)

Separate the yokes from the whites of 12 eggs

While the egg whites are whipping up to a frothy mix (if you have a free standing mixer)

Melt 1 cup of butter in a small saucepan on low heat. I prefer using real natural butter

In a separate bowl stir the egg yokes and add the following ingredients

  • 1 cup melted butter  (more butter will make the waffles crispier if you so choose) Tip: Melt butter on low heat
  • 4 Tablespoons of Sugar or Honey if you want more natural and less refined ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of double-acting baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon (optional)
  • 5 1/2 cups of milk

Sanalac Non Fat Dry Milk - 6 Pack

NOTE: Because this recipe requires so much milk I mix up powdered milk just enough for this recipe and save the fresh milk for the family to drink.

Note to Self: Mix milk in a 2 quart pitcher.  1 1/4 cup of Sanalac Nonfat Dry Milk with 5 3/4 cup warm water makes 6 cups of milk.

Making Waffles

 

Thunder Group Mixing Bowl, 20-Quart

 

After stirring the egg yoke ingredients you will need to transfer the batter into a larger bowl then add

  • 6 cups of flour

Stir gently with a large spoon without over mixing. Batter will be lumpy.

  • Add the whipped egg whites

Fold the whipped egg whites with the yoke mixture above. The whipped egg whites make the waffles light and fluffy.

Making Waffles

See Optional Ingredients listed above for variety

  • Use  1- 2 cups of fresh fruit or 16 oz. bag of frozen fruit

Fruit Additon Tip: I like my fruits fresh so I keep berries in the freezer and take out as needed. When I want fruit in my waffles I pour the regular batter into the waffle iron then place the amount of berries in the batter on the iron. They are still fozen but will not be frozen when cooked. This way you have the taste of fresh berries.

Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Baker

 

Time Saving Tip: I use two waffle grids at a time. I start one first, wait a few minutes then get the other one going so I can work more efficiently developing a good routine to manage my time wisely. Always preheat the iron before pouring the batter in or it will stick. After your waffle grid is initialy conditioned there is no need to for greasing.  My waffle grids use about 1/3 cup of batter per waffle square and the light turns off when they are done. If your waffle grid does not have an indicator light you will know they are done when the steam stops flowing from the crack. Also if when you lift the lid and you feel some resistance they are probably not ready yet. They typically are done in about four minutes.

 

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Extra Large Cooling Rack, 16.7 by 11-1/2-Inch

FREEZING TIP: Do not forget to cool the waffles separately on a cooling rack before freezing so they do not stick together in the freezer.

Good Cook Classic Set of 2 Pastry / Basting Brush

TIP: Never immerse the waffle iron in water. Once the iron is nearly cooled use a well wrung out hot cloth to wipe it down or brush off with a clean pastry brush while still very warm.

 

 

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