Treat your Mom to some deliciously crispy waffles, this Mother's Day!
My kids LOVE waffles. Ask them what they want for breakfast and 8/10 times, they will suggest pancakes or waffles. However, I've never really been a fan of making waffles at home. I have an issue with judging the correct consistency of the batter. If it's too thick, it doesn't spread properly and the waffles become dense and chewy. If it's too thin, it runs out of the waffle iron, all over my counter. So, while the kids love waffles, I often convince them to have pancakes instead, since it's so much easier for me.
The other day, it was Queenie's turn to pick something for dinner and she chose waffles. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't talk her out of it. Frustrated, I went on-line to look for a crispy, not dense and chewy waffle recipe. I found this one here and loved how it said to beat the egg whites separately and fold them into the batter. I also loved that she flipped her waffle iron, but let's face it; not many of us can afford a fancy waffle iron that flips. So I placed a tea towel on my counter, place the batter onto the bottom waffle grates, close it up and flipped it over onto it's top. You know what, it made a huge difference. The batter hit the top grates which were hot and set up instantly. No batter came spilling out the sides! But the ultimate test would the in the tasting. Would these waffles be nice and crisp? They were! They had an amazing crunch on the outside, while being fluffy on the inside. No fancy waffle iron needed!
Treat your Mom this Mother's Day, or any day of the year with these awesomely crispy waffles!
adapted from Fifteen Spatulas
2 eggs, separated
2 C buttermilk (or 2 C milk, with 2 Tbs lemon juice)
1/3 C coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C cornstarch
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs sugar
Separate the egg yolks, from the whites and place in separate bowl. To the egg yolks, add the buttermilk and coconut oil; mix well.
Whisk the egg whites together, with the sugar, to stiff peaks.
In a third bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the buttermilk mixture (it's OK if the batter is lumpy). Fold in the egg whites; being gently and taking care not to deflate them.
Pour the batter into a hot waffle iron, which has been sprayed with cooking spray. Close the waffle iron, flip and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Serve with butter, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, or drizzled with maple syrup.
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