April 04, 2007

Add Years to Your Life with Waffles

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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.


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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.



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35 comments:

Ellie said...

Okay, so the waffles look good. And my lack of a waffle maker is making me crazy with jealousy.

But really, it's the combination of those crispy looking waffles with the pools of syrup in the indents which is really driving me cuckoo! You sure know how to make a girl hungry!

Jia said...

I officially miss my waffle iron!

Lydia said...

Well, I have never owned a waffle iron, and never felt my life was incomplete -- until now. I will do whatever I need to do to make those beautiful waffles!

Truffle said...

ooooh they look delicious!

Margaret said...

I must say, I am tempted by your kitchen gadgetry once again!! The waffles look very yummy!

Cheryl said...

What a great site to see first thing in the morning.

Now that I know what I am missing in life, I will have to go get a waffle maker.

Meeta said...

Scrumptious all the way Bri!

I have a waffle machine and someone to make them but that does not guarantee the feact that I get waffles fro breakfast.

Ilva said...

Oh oh, I have to dig out my waffle iron. Absolutely. Now I know what I'm going to feed my family with these Easter vacations! Thanks for reminding me of something I have completely forgotten! I'm digging it out straight away in case I forget it again!!

Rose said...

Okay, now I have to add another gadget to my tiny kitchen!! but hey, if it's the price to pay to have a long life, then you conviced me. Your waffles sure look rejuvinating

s'kat said...

Girl, that is for certain a higher truth you're speakin'... praise the mighty waffle iron!!

Charise said...

Yummmm .... I have a waffle maker that hasn't seen the light of day since probably last summer. These sound so good (and even good for you!) that I might have to dig it out!

maria said...

I haven't made waffles in a long time. I think I know what I am doing Saturday morning! Thanks for reminding me to dust of my waffle iron, these look great!

valentinA said...

You just reminded me that I've got a waffle maker rotting in my kitchen cupboard, waiting to be used!
Your photo makes my appetite grow even bigger!

Anonymous said...

I like the way you think! And that has got to be one of my favorite episodes of Good Eats, I love how he tells us how to make our own freezer waffles. Much better than the grocery store freezer section variety!

Your waffles look scrumptious!


Ari (Baking and Books)

gilly said...

Hi Bri! I haven't made waffles in a while, and with a title like that, it would just be plain selfish to K for me NOT to make waffles again... for both our sakes.

Laurie said...

Wow great looking waffles, I haven't made any of these in so long, and raspberries to boot, oh how I so love them!

Claudia said...

I'm with you. We got rid of our second waffle iron when we moved and are still shopping for #3. I want plates that come out so I can wash them. It would also be good if it flips over. But that's probably asking too much.

pom d'api said...

WAHOU, I want one.
They look delicious
candy

Patricia Scarpin said...

Well, I guess now I'll have to buy a waffle iron.

You're so convincing, Brilynn! ;)

Gattina said...

Brilynn, your photos are just getting better and better! Bacon waffles... show! show! :D :D

Anuhea said...

I want years added to my life, and I love rasberries, but don't have a waffle iron. :(

Anh said...

You are very good at seducing us to try new things and buy new stuff. :D Your waffles look beautiful!

Quellia said...

Very nice. And I've always like Alton, so how can you go wrong with his recipes?

Claire said...

Raspberry yogurt in waffles...i LOVE the idea! FUN! Maybe I SHOULD get a waffle iron!

Peabody said...

No, none of that other stuff. Maple syrup all the way...this is where the Canadian in me comes out.

sher said...

My waffle iron is a very heavy version that you hold over a flame, then flip to the other side. Is it worth it? Yes!!!!

Boy-your waffles look sooo good.

Lis said...

Holy crap those look divine!! 'kay I just bought the crepe pan so the waffle iron has to wait at least a month. ;)

bea at La tartine gourmande said...

One word enough? Love waffles and have not eaten some for years I think! Can it be?

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

(blush) Is it ok to admit that I have 3 waffle irons and love using each one. Everything you say here is so true! I love mine savory but they'll go either way and everybody is happy. I love them from the frozen state when we have no bread in the house they make just great toast!

veron said...

oh now, you are tempting me to buy a wafle maker!

Cris said...

Glad I have a waffle maker, this is picture is killing me! :-)

Ivonne said...

So, Brilynn, when are you writing the "Waffles for a Better Life" book?

I want an autographed copy and I want to come with you on your book tour.

I couldn't agree with your philosophy more!

Kristen said...

Freezing waffles is one of the things that make me "Mrs Mom" to my kids. They think it is great to have fresh waffles before school in the morning. Yay for the ease of waffle makers!

Heather said...

Now I am in the mood for waffles. Which is what you were most likely going for. However, this witty post is close to making me rethink my entire Easter meal.
I have been long debating, breakfast v. lunch. I decided to go with lunch because I want carrot cake, but now, I may have to rethink that.

Nicole said...

"Waffle irons are a key factor in achieving life satisfaction." I totally agree with that statement, Brilynn!! Your waffles look amazing!