April 17, 2010

Homemade Waffles are the Best!

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Last night Will had a friend sleepover. Thankfully, they went to bed at a reasonable time and we all got some sleep. This morning they woke up starving after a night of playing video games and watching movies(these activities burn a lot of calories, you know!) Actually both are really active 14 year olds so their appetite is huge right now. I decided I would be a good mom(or pretend) and make some waffles and bacon for them. Do you ever make homemade waffles? Once you do, you never want to eat a frozen waffle or one from a mix again. It's all about the egg whites in wafffles. I fold the beaten egg whites into the batter at the very end, leaving little "puffs" of whites in the batter. The waffles come out light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. So, so, yummy! When the kids were young, I would make a batch on the weekend and freeze the leftovers individually between waxed paper for the weekdays. Whenever someone wanted a waffle for breakfast I would just take one out of the freezer and pop it in the toaster. Unfortunately now, there are no leftovers! Brittany had one waffle and the boys ate the other 4 or 5!( I am not sure exactly how many, they were eating faster then I could make them). They were a great way to start the day! These are also special enough that they make a good, quick dinner. And, if you are feeling really naughty, they would be perfect with some ice cream on top and a little chocolate sauce(see my previous post for chocolate sauce recipe).

Waffles

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tblsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup skim milk(or any other milk)
1/2 cup canola oil

Preheat waffle maker.
Whisk together dry ingredients in large bowl. Separate eggs with yolks going into small bowl and whites into larger bowl. Whisk egg yolks, milk and oil and pour into dry ingredients and combine. With mixer on high, beat egg whites until frothy and light. Carefully fold whites into mixture, leaving peaks in batter. Do not over mix. Batter should look like this:
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Following waffle maker directions, pour appropriate amount into it and cook until done. Waffles should be medium brown and crispy!

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