Meg’s Cooking Corner

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Classic Buttermilk Waffles

Last week our family had the stomach flu. While my kids bounced back quickly, I didn't feel well the whole week. Consequently, we ate a lot of simple food. One of our favorite comforts is having breakfast for dinner. In fact, we eat breakfast for dinner so often that my four year old son is a bit confused. He spent the night at my mom's and she made him waffles for breakfast. He looked down at the waffles and said, "grandma, we eat waffles for dinner, not breakfast!" Oops... Well, enjoy this recipe for buttermilk waffles from The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion. They are simple to make and delicious no matter if you decide to have them for breakfast OR dinner!

Why use buttermilk instead of milk? The acidity in buttermilk tenderizes the gluten (protein) in the flour and helps it to rise better. TIP: If you don't have buttermilk on hand, try these substitutes. For 1 cup buttermilk: Mix 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar with 1 cup milk and let it sit for five minutes. Or mix 1/4 cup milk with 3/4 cup plain yogurt. They also sell powdered buttermilk that you mix with water. Find this recipe and more at Tasty Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday and Kitchen Tip Tuesday.
Classic Buttermilk Waffles

2 large eggs
1 3/4 cup (14 oz) buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temp (*important to cool it first)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or can use 2 cups {8 oz} pastry flour)
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecan meal (optional, I haven't tried but would be good to add a nutty flavor)

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; combine the wet and dry ingredients just until smooth.

Spray the waffle iron with a nonstick cooking spray and preheat it. For an 8-inch round waffle, pour about 1/3 cup batter onto iron. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the iron stops steaming.


Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Yum! I love waffles but I don't make them that much. Thanks for reminding me how tasty they are!

Stephanie said...

Oh yum! Those look SOOO good. What kind of waffle maker do you have? I have a thin one, but I love those thick hearty waffles you have here! Yum! I will have to try out using buttermilk next time. Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

Oh my, I love waffles and those look delicious!

Megan said...

Stephanie, I use a typical belgian waffle maker, but those thin irons will work too! Have fun.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I love that your kiddo said that waffles were for dinner. Ha ha!! Sounds like a good waffle recipe. Hope you are all feeling better. Thanks for the recipe and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Gardner Family said...

Yummy, I am going to have to try those.
We loved the chocolate cake too. I had to put 1/2 in the feezer because it was so rich. Thanks for sharing.

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Waffles were the first meal I made after our bout of the family stomach flu a few weeks ago. ;-)

We had them this morning, too!

Gramma Carol said...

I'll have to try this recipe. We love waffles too, but don't have them very often anymore. Di you remember having waffles for dinner when you were a child? Yep! Love ya