Best Ever Fluffy Waffles
Growing up, my sisters and I were always awake in the wee hours of morning, trying to sneak and see if Santa came and he never disappointed. We usually had to wait until a more appropriate hour before our parents emerged and we could all enjoy opening presents together, followed by what was usually a delicious brunch. When I got married, my husbands family ate breakfast first, and for me it felt completely backwards. Breakfast first? What kind of nonsense is that? Either way, this waffle recipe is perfect for those who eat breakfast before presents, and those who eat brunch afterwards. Whip up the batter the night before, and pull it out in the morning to eat fresh hot waffles in minutes. My kids love to top theirs with nutella, cinnamon whipped cream, fruit AND syrup, but I think these waffles are good enough to eat with just butter and syrup.
Brown Butter Yeast-Raised Waffles (an overnight recipe)
Makes 8-10 waffles
1 package of active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
½ cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 cups milk
½ cup of butter, plus more for serving
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
¼ tsp baking soda
Step 1: Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Set aside for 8-10 minutes until foamy.
Step 2: While yeast mixture sits, make brown butter. (You can also use normal melted butter) Put butter in saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter has melted and starts to become foamy and the white foam turns a light brown. Remove butter from heat and add milk, this will cool the butter, and warm the milk.
Step 3: Add milk, butter, salt, flour and eggs to the yeast mixture. Whisk until well-combined, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. This mixture will rise, so be sure it is in a bowl that will allow for it to grow.
Step 4: Remove batter from fridge, heat a nonstick waffle iron. Whisk baking soda into the batter and pour ½ - ¾ cup of batter onto iron. Let it set for 30 seconds, close the lid and cook until golden and crisp (or until your waffle iron beeps at you). Serve with your favorite waffle toppings, we love ours with cinnamon whipped cream, fruit, nutella and a little syrup.
*Can be made the morning you are eating them, just allow at least 20 minutes for them to rise.
*I have had a lot of success making these dairy free, using melted coconut oil in place of butter and almond milk instead of normal milk.
Cinnamon Whipped Cream
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
½ tsp cinnamon (can add more)
½ tsp vanilla
¼ cup powdered sugar
Put all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix with whisk until soft peaks are formed (I do this in my mixer).