Recipe by Caryn Caldwell
When we were kids, my grandmother used to make this waffle recipe for us every time we would visit. I loved these waffles, but no matter which restaurants I visited I could never find any I liked as well. I recently bought a waffle iron, and my grandmother sent me the recipe. It tastes best, of course, with real maple syrup. Just a warning: this recipe must be started the night before. I've found, in my own experience, that the taste is stronger if you let it sit for 10-10.5 hours instead of, say, 7.5-8 hours. (I've tried it both ways.) We like it stronger. Note: Down below I included the overnight time under "cooking" since it is considered passive work time. The waffles do NOT cook for that long, of course! Enjoy!
- 3 cups white flour
- 1 package dry yeast (1/4 oz. OR 2.25 tsp., depending on your system of measuring)
- 2 1⁄2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons oil or 2 tablespoons milk (I like milk)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- nonstick cooking spray
- butter or margarine (for serving)
- syrup (for serving)
Directions See How It's Made
- The night before you want your waffles, mix the flour, yeast, and lukewarm water.
- Put in tall bowl, as it will rise quite a bit.
- Cover with towel and let sit in room temperature overnight.
- In the morning, uncover and stir.
- Don't be put off by the texture. It is supposed to look weird. Really.
- Add the eggs and oil/milk, enough to make it thin enough to use.
- It might be a little tough to make it all mix together, because it tends to be a bit sticky, but keep at it.
- Usually helps if you've mixed the eggs a little in a separate bowl, so you're not dealing with a whole yolk.
- In small, separate bowl combine baking soda and sugar. Mix until no lumps.
- Add to soda & sugar mixture to bowl with waffle dough.
- Stir until mixed in.
- Let sit about fifteen minutes. (A good time to start preheating your waffle iron.)
- Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. You'll need to repeat this occasionally as the spray wears off.
- Experiment with amounts of waffle dough to put in the iron and times. For us, we use a ladle and cook each waffle for 3-5 minutes. Those sizes and times work perfectly for us, but I'm sure waffle irons vary in size and cooking times.
- You can get creative with adding other ingredients. I haven't tried any of these yet, but I've heard adding crumbled bacon, blueberries, grated apples, etc. to the mix before making the waffles works well.
- For us, the recipe usually yields 8-9 waffles, enough for 3-4 people. It might differ for your waffle iron.