Is there anything better than waffles for breakfast on the weekends? When I was growing up it was always a treat when my dad made waffles. I confess that I cannot take credit for the waffles in this post. My dad made these last week while we were visiting. I couldn’t resist taking a couple shots so I could share them.
We were all shocked when he told us he was trying a new recipe. I haven’t shared his standby recipe yet (and the one I always use now) on the blog but I will soon. They are delicious so we were perplexed that he was trying a new recipe. He decided to try these buttermilk waffles from Cooks Illustrated (note you must have a subscription to view).
These waffles were really different. There is definitely a strong buttermilk taste and they are not as light as traditional waffles. I almost compared them to a buttermilk pancake in a waffle. I think my mom won the description contest when she called them “rib stickin’ waffles.” You have to spread the batter on the waffle iron because it’s so thick.
If you’re a waffle fan who likes buttermilk or if you’re looking for a fluffy cake-like waffle this recipe is for you!
(Recipe source Cooks Illustrated)
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal (optional)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg , separated
7/8 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
Heat waffle iron. Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Whisk egg yolk with buttermilk and butter. Using a hand mixer, beat egg white on high speed just until stiff peaks hold (do not skip this step – beating your egg whites separately makes a huge difference in the end product) .
Slowly add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients while gently mixing. Do not add liquid faster than you can incorporate it. Once all liquid has been added, gently fold egg whites into batter.
Spread batter onto waffle iron (enough to cover) and cook waffle until golden brown. This should take about 3-5 minutes depending on your waffle iron. As a general rule of thumb, your waffle is ready to come off the iron when it stops steaming.
Yield: 3-4 waffles (note, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you’re feeding a family or a crowd)