Saturday, January 15, 2011

Overnight Light & Delicious Waffles

I like waffles lots better than pancakes. Then why don't I make them but once in a blue moon?

Because I don't have any place to store my waffle iron in my small kitchen. It gets tuck on a shelf in a storage unit in our entry room and I have to unload the front part of the shelf to get to the waffle iron. Just not convenient at all. But just you wait until my new pantry and kitchen is finished and set up! It will be right inside the pantry door within two or three steps of the main work area of my kitchen. (If you only knew EVERYTHING I want to get on those couple of shelves of the pantry that will be within two or three steps of the main work area of my kitchen.)

As a special breakfast treat this morning I made Overnight Light & Delicious Waffles.

The batter needs to be started the night before which I did last night after I was all ready for bed.


1/2 warm water (115-120 degrees)
1 package dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
2 cups warmed milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups flour
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Using a good sized mixing bowl, put the water in the bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let this dissolve for 5 minutes.

Add the milk, butter, salt, sugar and flour to the yeast mixture and beat with a mixer until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature.

Above is the mixture last night before I covered it, said nighty-night and went to bed.

And this is what it looked like first thing this morning. Can you see that it's all burbbly and has risen a bit?

Just before cooking the waffles, beat in the eggs and baking soda. The batter will be very thin. Pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into a very hot waffle iron and bake until the waffles are golden and to your liking.

My waffle iron makes only a 7-1/2" waffle so I can pour only a scant 1/2 cup batter into the waffle iron.

So good with maple syrup and butter.

'Course, if you happen to have any strawberry jam lying around, that's good, too.

The original recipe stated that you can keep the batter in the refrig for several days, but I've always made all of the batter up into waffles . . .

. . . and cooled them on a wire rack.

Then I stack them with wax paper in between each waffle (so I can remove individual ones), and put a paper plate on the bottom and top of the stack.

Next I put the whole batch of extras in a freezer bag and into the deep freeze they go. Then it's easy to take out a couple, pop them in the toaster another morning. They heat up almost as good as when they were fresh from the waffle iron. I usually bake the ones for the freezer (and subsequent toasting) a little less because they will brown some in the toaster.

My hubby likes these waffles particularly because they are light and not as dry or crunchy as some waffles can be.

The recipe makes eleven 7-1/2" waffles.


Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

Looks yummy. I have been wanting to get a cast iron waffle iron that goes on the stove. Now I have a reason!

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Now that is a very interesting way of waffles...I am going to do it! I love that they extras go in the freezer in such a clever way!

Matter o fact...gonna do it tonight. Adam loves waffles and I never ever make'em.

Thanks Mama for that!

mtnchild said...

It's been ages since I've had waffles. I don't cook that much anymore since it's just me ... but that looks tempting, if I had a waffle iron ...

Amy Dingmann said...

My husband my kiss you for this recipe. He's one of those waffles-are-better types of folk. Sounds like a fabulous recipe...its going on the to-do list!

Erin said...

Those look delicious! I prefer waffles and French toast to pancakes any day, but I don't have an iron, honestly I'm not sure I would use it, I even avoid my Kitchen Aid so I won't have to clean it! Still, they look so good, and if I froze them like that I wouldn't have to cart it out all the time!

Judy said...

Love waffles - I'll have to give your recipe a try. Do these waffles fit into our losing weight plan? Started my walking again today. Haven't walked in the past month due to holidays, lots of snow, and cold. Tonight was perfect for walking in my area, temperature about 25, snow gently falling. Every house with their lights on so cozy. Peace.

Lorie said...

I can not wait to try those. I freeze waffles too, but love your freezing tips. I hope I can try them soon. Thanks for sharing, Mama Pea.

Mama Pea said...

Jane - Back when we had a cookstove, I did have a cast iron waffle iron! I still have it and wouldn't part with it. When we get the remodeling done, I'll display it in the kitchen somewhere.

APG - I'll be thinking of your two at breakfast tomorrow morning!

Yvette - Cooking for one is the pits! Very hard to do with a lot of recipes.

Mama Tea - Gosh, APG's hubby and now yours! I'm becoming very popular!

Erin - I do think they'd be popular with the boys warmed up in the toaster for breakfasts before school. 'Twould be an easy breakfast for you to prepare! But I know you always have to consider the storage problem for another appliance.

Judy - Your walk today sounded wonderful. Good luck keeping it up now that the crazy holidays are over.

Do these waffles fit into our losing weight plan? Ha! See tomorrow's post!!!

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I might have to try this one tonight. My kids love waffles and I DO have a cast iron waffle iron for my gas stove top so I don't really have any excuses, do I?

Leigh said...

Another waffle lover here. Thanks for the recipe! Looks like a "must try." Our extras usually disappear over the following day or two. Still deliberately making a batch just for the freezer might be a good idea!

P.S. Love the road sign in your new header!

odiie said...

Those waffles look delicious. I'm saving this recipe and may surprise everyone at breakfast tomorrow. Can you use a cast iron waffle maker on an electric stove? I usually just use my electric waffle maker, but I have a cast iron one that I would like to try.

Mama Pea said...

Jen - Go for it! Hope they work for you.

Leigh - I think they sell a convenience food that is waffles you just put in the toaster, right? Well, you can make your own healthy ones . . . with NO preservatives!

Thanks for noticing my blog header photo. :o)

odiie - I know nothing about electric stoves. I would kinda think it would heat up a cast iron waffle maker just fine. No? Not much help, am I?