Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Morning Waffles

Saturdays are usually known for breakfast at my house...bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy... you name it. We can have it. Mmmm... I'm getting hungry again! With the busy schedules that everyone keeps, I just don't have the time for making breakfast every morning like I used to, so Saturday just became our family tradition. Sunday mornings... I do well just to get everyone to church on time, so cooking isn't even a thought. And even though it's summer... it's hard to get up early every day like we do when school is in. Guess that's why they're called the 'lazy days of summer.' Seemed like a fair trade... fend for yourselves during the week and I'll reward you on the weekend.

So even though it's no longer a big to-do every Saturday, I do like to be prepared. The house is pretty quiet these days but you never know when someone will say 'Hey, what's for breakfast?' So.... I wanted to share my favorite waffle mix with you.

This is a bulk recipe. I have a large family PLUS I just don't want to get everything out and measure every time I want to make waffles. This is much more convenient. I went to the bakery at our local Sam's Club and asked if they had any empty 'icing' buckets that I could have. They gave me several, with lids, and this is how I store my bulk mixes. Works great! I label the outside with an index card so I know right away what's inside, and I also tape a card to the lid that has the recipe for the bulk mix and for the waffles themselves. Makes cooking breakfast so much easier.


My Favorite Waffle Mix

20 c. flour (5 lbs.)
20 T. sugar (1c. + 4T.)
10 T. Baking Powder (2/3 c.)
5 t. salt

Mix all ingredients together using a wire whisk and store in an airtight container.


My Favorite Waffles

4 1/2 c. mix
3 c. milk
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla
1 stick butter, melted (optional)

Measure dry mix into a bowl. Mix all other ingredients together and add to dry mix all at once. Stir with wire whisk just until well blended. Don't over mix.

I have a Belgian waffle maker the makes 4 waffles at a time. I cook these for about 6 minutes. You will probably have to adjust the time according to your own waffle maker. But usually 4-6 minutes will be fine.

This recipe was adapted from the book How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman... one of my favorites. I loved the recipe for waffles so much that I turned it into a bulk mix. These freeze very well so I often make extra just to keep in the freezer for the week ahead. Just microwave them to defrost and crisp them up in the toaster if you like.

Happy Cooking!
Mary Ann :)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

On the waffle recipe, what do you do with the optional melted butter? Mix it in or use on your waffle maker as you make them?

Mary Ann... said...

Ahh... great question! Sorry I didn't mention that in the recipe.

The optional melted butter is to be mixed in the batter. The waffles are very good with the butter, but I usually don't use it. I'm often in a rush and skip it, but I think they are great either way. I usually just spray my waffle maker with a light spray of Pam or vegetable oil.

Thanks for asking. I hope you like the recipe! :)

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