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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Waffle-Iron Meets Untimely End

Someone left the waffle-iron out in the rain. Okay, that someone was me. I was trying to eradicate a little moth problem and the box seemed to have an infestation. I placed the box and waffle iron outside in my yard, along with a few other infested items and promptly forgot about them.

I remembered it was out there well after the rain had drenched my poor electric appliance, one of our favorite wedding gifts. This waffle-iron met an unfortunate end but one of the lights was broken and it may have been time for a new one anyway.

Izzy and I eat waffles regularly so I was certain I would find a replacement soon enough. Sadly, weeks have slipped past and my search for the perfect waffle iron has come up empty. Izzy and I looked at a few in Zabar's but I passed them up.

This weekend, Izzy had a hankering for some waffles and he reminded me that we do own another waffle iron. A non-electric, stove-top model. We have never used it together because I became lazy, so accustomed to awaiting the beep beep beep of my electric model. The stove-top model requires greater effort but on Sunday we discovered it was worth the trouble.

Izzy and I made a batch of Belgian Waffles and Izzy seemed to like them even better than our usual recipe, for me it was a toss-up. I envision a waffle-tasting in our future.

Belgian Buttermilk Waffles (From Epicurious)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups well-shaken buttermilk

3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

2 large eggs

Vegetable oil for waffle iron


Put oven rack in middle position and put a large metal cooling rack directly on it.

Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs in another bowl, then whisk into flour mixture until just combined.

Brush hot waffle iron lightly with vegetable oil and pour a slightly rounded 1/2 cup of batter into each waffle mold (see cooks' note, below).

Cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer as cooked to rack in oven to keep warm, keeping waffles in 1 layer to stay crisp. Make more waffles in same manner.

Makes 8 squares, depending upon size of waffle-iron.


Joseph Bayot said...

I've never actually cooked waffles because I've never brought myself to buying a waffle iron. I order them pretty often when I go to the Brownstone Diner though...Those look delicious.

I'm positive I can subsist on pancakes though.

Izzy's Mama said...

joseph: Waffle irons are not too pricey are definitely worth it. There is nothing quite like a homemade waffle.

Surprisingly I have never tried the Brownstone, heard too many horror stories.

Anonymous said...

BJ's has an electric waffle iron for fewer than $50 American. It beeps. It inverts for cooking, just like a Marriot breakfast bar waffle iron. It is not moth-infested. And there is a setting for venison.

Anonymous said...

You know . . . I have never been much of a waffle person, but I think the times may be a-changing because of this post. I mean, how can I expect to raise a well-adjusted daughter without a waffle iron? Thanks for seeing me straight! Do you have a favorite brand?

Also . . . do you have any of Mollie Katzen's kids cookbooks? I'm writing a feature on her and find her a fascinating, inspiring woman and was thinking that you'd enjoy her books.

Izzy's Mama said...

Mr Mayor: I forgot that you were a fan of the waffle. Do you know which brand it is? Maybe that is a reason to renew my B.J's card. The venison waffle..now there's an idea.

Lia: Have you ever made or eaten a homemade waffle? That will convince you. I like Villaware waffle makers. I had the plain round one but I am considering a thin rectangular model.

As for Mollie Katzen, we have her book Salad People but I must confess that Izzy and I haven't used it yet. I do love her stuff from Moosewood but have not tried the others. The new one sounds great. I listened to a podcast of her on Culinate recently.