Monday, March 9, 2009

not Belgian Waffles ~ Take One

Until the other night, the only waffles I ever made came out of a box in my freezer and I popped them into the toaster oven.

That has changed!

I just got a waffle iron! YAY!!


I wanted to make Shane's Belgian Waffles (check them out over at Culinary Alchemy)

While I was at work, I skimmed the ingredients and noted that I should have everything at home. YAY again!

So as soon as I got home I opened it up, washed it off and read the direction on how to operate the iron. (remember I've never actually made waffles before)

Ok... that looked easy enough... now on to the waffles!

Uh oh!! The batter needed to rest 1.5 hours or overnight!!!

Definitely NOT a work night dinner at my house. This would have to wait until the weekend.

What to do for dinner????

I had just had 15 pounds of beef tenderloin cut into gorgeous thick steaks... but I just wasn't feeling the beef...

Tawny brought home fundraiser Italian subs... meh...

I could make quesadillas... nah...

Ya know... the recipe that came with the iron, while claiming to be Plain Belgian Waffles, had no yeast... just baking powder.

I did need to get a feel for the iron. I certainly didn't want to start making waffles for the first time ever, with batter that had been in the works for 12 hours or more, only to ruin them due to lack of experience. And I didn't have any cool toppings anyway.

I made Plain Belgian (American) Waffles from the recipe that came with my VillaWare Belgian Waffler for dinner!

Plain Belgian Waffles
4 eggs, separate, room temperature
1 TBLS sugar
1/4 C butter, melted and cooled
1 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Beat egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until light.
Add cooled, melted butter, milk and vanilla.
Add flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat well.
Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into batter.


Beat egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until light.

Mine wouldn't get light... oh well...

Add cooled, melted butter, milk and vanilla.

Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat well.

Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into batter.



Preheat the waffle iron & give it a little spritz with some cooking spray.

Pour in the batter. Ok... I need practice here.

Not quite full enough...



A little too full...


Not full enough again...

They weren't all perfect... but they tasted great!!


Mom on the Run said...

I love homemade waffles. My girls love our Hello Kitty Waffle iron. I hope your next batch comes out great!

Andrea said...

Yay for new waffle makers! I have a couple of villaware models and love them. Your waffles look delicious, great job on your trial run! We love waffles at our house, really, who doesn't love waffles? I'm sure you will have so much fun with your new iron :)

Donna-FFW said...

Love your waffle maker, how cool!!They look awesome for your first try. MMMM..

Culinary Alchemist said...

They look great Spryte!!! mmm Now I am hungry for waffles again... Great lookin Waffle iron too! :)

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Congrats on the new waffle iron! Looks like you're already really comfortable with it - the waffles came out great. I'd love to get one someday...maybe I'll trade someone for one of my panini presses :-)

tamilyn said...

I love homemade waffles. The smell is amazing! Bet they were fantastic.

noble pig said...

Yeah and isn't it scary when it's seeping out the sides and sounds like the lid is going to blow off. Mine does it too, but whatever it's always yummy.

Lara said...

Even plain homemade waffles are SO much better than the frozen ones and you still made them look beautiful [and delicious]!

Bob said...

Great job, especially for your first time! They look wicked good. Man, I could go for some right now.

Heh, I don't think I've ever put just the right amount of batter in the iron. It's always too much or too little. But the end result is all that matters... well, if you ignore the mess. ;)

DDpie said...

I think they turned out perfect! ;) I'll take a few with toasted pecans...mmmmmmmmm

Tangled Noodle said...

Congratulations on your new waffle iron! That's what I call a perfect dinner.

Joelen said...

Looks great and yay for new kitchen toys!

Debbie said...

Homemade waffles are so good. Fresh and warm. I love the powdered sugar you have on yours. I usually use maple syrup but will have to try the powdered sugar next time.

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Sandie said...

Love your new waffle iron! New kitchen toys are a blast. Who cares what the waffles looked like---with egg whites added to the batter, I bet they tasted delicious!

Jude said...

Those are some seriously deep and wide cavities for toppings. Wish I had counter space for a waffle iron :(