Sunday, 10 April 2011

Waffly good.

I'm so sorry, that wasn't funny at all was it?

But waffles are good. They make breakfast feel like a party.

I already had a waffle maker, of the type that makes thin, crispy, heart-shaped waffles, but this week Lidl had the machines that make the fat waffles with square holes and as I really didn't think it was excessive or unnecessary to own two waffle makers, I picked one up.

Here it is. Shiny!

When I bought the first waffle machine I tried a few different recipes, and the very best recipe I found was on this blog (although apparently it originally came from a Better Homes & Gardens cokbook). It's so good that it has a page all to itself in my little recipe book, a treasured birthday present from a very good friend where I write all my very favourite recipes, but only after I've tried them out and made sure they're worthy to go in my special book!

And here's the recipe as I've written it down. It uses the dreaded cups... but it's worth it.

1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup oil (rapeseed is nice, other vegetable oil is fine)

Put the flour, baking powder and salt into a big bowl and mix together. Beat the egg yolks, milk and oil together, add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and fold into the rest of the mixture. The batter will be a bit lumpy - this is fine. You don't need to get the lumps out!

Rest the batter for an hour or so if you have time, but this isn't essential.

Heat up the waffle maker and add a ladle full (or however much you need) and cook till crispy and golden brown.

I had mine with maple syrup, my lovely husband had golden syrup drizzled over his, and we both agreed they were yummy :)

Oh and a little tip for you. You're supposed to grease the waffle maker plates with butter. This is far too tiresome. I use Fry Light spray instead. I love this stuff - I never use it for its intended purpose, which is for actually frying stuff, but for greasing baking tins, crepe pans and waffle makers it's awesome. You could of course use an oil spray filled with vegetable oil.

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous weather! We had a barbecue today, as did most of our town judging by the smells in the air and the empty supermarket shelves... I'm convinced that food tastes much better outside!


  1. I have a recipe too where only the tested ones make the cut! The waffles look delicious - they remind me of childhood breakfasts. I think a trip to lidl could be in order!

  2. oh I love waffles but so rarely have them... I guess a waffle iron would be the kind of thing that could be very dangerous to have in the house right?... love your pics too!

  3. ...I'm off to Lidl ASAP! I LOVE waffles. What a great reminder of how something so simple can be so delicious. Thanks, Aveen!

  4. Hahah ah I love your goofy titles! They make me smile :-)

    I need to get a waffle iron asap. Those look amazing.


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