Waffles. A word that many would describe in the context of having a conversation with me (“she waffles”)…..but they are also a yummy option for breakfast, lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea, dessert…..or something else in between.
We’ve never had a waffle maker in our house. Always thought about it but dismissed the idea due to the logicistics of storing yet another appliance.
Well today I changed my tune. It was a miserable, wet, freezing cold day in Melbourne. Winter has hit. We decided that on this Saturday morning we would brave the elements and set off “Garage Saling”. Dispite the weather, and the fact that it is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend here, we found a few Garage Sales in our neighbourhood.
The first one we went to was the clear winner. Up a very steep driveway, we found the usual assortment of “bric-a-brac” set up on tables in someone’s garage. As we were browsing, I spied this waffle maker. Hmmm. No price on it. “How much?” I asked. “One dollar,” the very nice lady replied, and assured me that it works. Done!
We added to our pile a coffee machine for camping (more about that another time!) and a handbag I snaffled from a box – $5 the lot!! Oh my!
Dr TMH kindly cleaned the waffle maker when we got home and at afternoon tea time I decided it should make it’s debut.
I did about 5 minutes research online for a good recipe. Most recipes required the separation of eggs, beating egg whites until stiff peaks….who has time for that?? I was after something quicker and easier but still really yummy. Well I found it!
Well the waffle maker works perfectly and this recipe is fantastic. It was an American recipe so I adapted for us Aussies and wrote it out on a card that will live in the Tiffany waffle maker box ready for action. And I will make room for it in my pantry!
Here is the recipe.
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups Self-Raising flour
- 1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cups milk (or buttermilk)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Heat waffle iron.
- Beat eggs with a hand beater (or wire whisk) until light and fluffy.
- Mix in remaining ingredients. Do not overmix or waffles will be heavy.
- Serve with your favourite toppings.
Note: if you want to make your own buttermilk, just add a dash of white vinegar to regular milk and it will thicken on standing for a minute or so.
What else can you make with the waffle maker? What other sorts of waffles are there?
Share your experiences and ideas in the comments. I’m keen to experiment now!