I hope you had a relaxing weekend!
My weekend was great! On Friday I went for dinner at a controversial Vancouver restaurant, taught theory to 24 little music students Saturday afternoon and watched some waves crash on Bowen Island’s stormy shores Sunday evening.
Oh and we had waffles this weekend. A big waffle brunch. It was scrumptious.
Do you have any funny family traditions? My family is pretty ordinary all year round. We aren’t particularly religious, sentimental or superstitious. At Christmas time our biggest family tradition is getting together to sing carols and shake maracas, a tradition most other families would probably dread.
We do love getting together for food though. When all seven members of my immediate family are together in my parent’s house (rarely these days!) we usually sit down for a big waffle feast. Delicious Sunday morning breakfasts are what we do best. (Albeit the breakfasts are usually a tinge too early for normal Sunday morning folk.) What can I say, the Beaty Clan is a family of early-rise -and-shine-ers. Carpé Diem!
I am posting for you two of my family’s favourite waffle recipes. One from my Pop and one from my Ma. :)
This recipe is the one my Dad pulls out whenever he gets a waffle craving. The recipe is easy to remember, (note the 1 theme) and uses ordinary ingredients that you can pull out of your fridge any lazy Sunday morning. These waffles turn out golden and gorgeous.
Papa Beaty’s Waffles
Yield: Makes 8 waffles. Enough for 2-3 people. Prep/Bake time: 30 mins total.
1 cup flour 1 cup milk 1 egg 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp oil
Directions1. Stir dries together (flour, b soda, b powder, sugar) 2. Mix wets together (milk, egg, oil) 3. Blend together and cook on waffle iron.
On Sunday morning we had Isaac’s family over for waffle brunch. I loved having the chance to cuddle with Isaac’s adorable niece, play with Isaac’s nephew (we fed my stuffed elephant peanuts) and catch up with his family. We decided to use my mom’s favourite waffle recipe on Sunday since we had some buttermilk in our fridge that needed to be used up. The waffles were divine. I love my mom’s recipe. We fancied them up with scoops of whipping cream and fresh berries on top. Yum!
Mama Beaty’s Waffles
Yield: Makes 8 waffles. Enough for 2-3 people. Prep/Bake time: 45 mins total.
1 1/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda dash of cinnamon 2 tbsp sugar (maybe less) 1 1/4 cup buttermilk (OR add lemon juice to milk with some sour cream/yogurt) 1/4 cup oil 2 eggs, separated.
Directions1. Preheat waffle iron to preferred setting. (Medium-high) 2. Sift dries together in a large bowl 3. Separate eggs. Stir egg yolks together in a small cup. Mix yolks with oil and milk. Stir “wets” together. 4. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form 5. Stir wets and dries together until just combined. 6. Gently fold beaten egg whites into waffle batter. Don’t over mix. 7. Spoon small amount onto waffle iron for first batch. Enjoy waffles!
My mom’s recipe made for incredibly spongey, airy waffles that had a subtle crispy exterior. Beating the egg whites until they were lofty and light helped add to the fluffy texture of this recipe. They were so good.
I was ecstatic to share my Ma and Pop’s recipes with you today. You should make them! Don’t know which recipe to pick? Choose the one that suits your morning mood best! If you’re feeling sleepy and in the mood for a quick waffle fix, go for my Pop’s recipe. If you’re feeling creative and craving an amazing, fluffy waffle, go for the slightly more complicated recipe courtesy of my Ma. I promise it’s worth the extra effort.
Both waffle recipes are tasty as can be. I bet you will loooove these waffles too!
PS: These waffles go best with 100% pure Canadian maple syrup. Well, duh right.
PPS: I made the waffles on my ancient vintage Sunbeam waffle iron, a gift from my Dad this Christmas. My Sunbeam is a replica of the waffle iron my Dad made waffles with for my entire childhood. He bought the iron on E-Bay for me for Christmas. Yes I have the sweetest Dad ever.