Some people might call a waffle iron a novelty item or just another gadget to clutter up the kitchen. I disagree. Waffle irons are a key factor in achieving life satisfaction. You can’t really ever be happy without a waffle iron. Think about it; wouldn’t your life be infinitely better if you woke up in the morning to fresh waffles drenched in maple syrup? Of course if you want to wake up and have them already made you’re also going to have to acquire someone to make them for you, or you can do what I do and make a large batch and freeze the rest. That’s the beauty of waffles, they toast up very nicely for a quick breakfast, brunch, lunch, lupper, supper or late night snack attack. Waffles are very versatile that way. And they like everyone. Although they’ve got a particular sweet spot for maple syrup, I’ve seen waffles schmoozing with bananas, raspberries and strawberries, (basically everyone in the fruit family) carrots, zucchini and sweet potatoes, (oooh, nutritious) and like everyone with taste buds, waffles love bacon. Mmmmm, bacon… I’ve got some in the making right now, but this isn’t a post about bacon, (tasty, tasty bacon) this is a post about waffles, so here you go: my version of Alton Brown’s waffles, enjoy! If you don’t have a waffle maker, what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk to the store to buy yourself one. You’ll add 10 years to your life.
Life Enhancing Raspberry Waffles (Adapted from Alton Brown’s Basic Waffles)
4 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 1 cup
4 3/4 ounces whole-wheat flour, approximately 1 cup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 whole eggs, beaten
2 ounces unsweetened applesauce
10 ounces raspberry yogurt
6 ounces milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raspberries, generous
Vegetable spray, for waffle iron
Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In another bowl beat together eggs and then add the yogurt, milk and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the iron according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Close iron top and cook until the waffle is golden on both sides and is easily removed from iron. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve. Top with more raspberries and some maple syrup.