Cornmeal Waffles

"From the Southern section of the United States Regional Cookbook, Chicago Culinary Institute, 1947. Posted in response to a recipe request. Cooling time for the mush not included in the preparation time."
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12 waffles




  • Cook corn meal, water, and butter or shortening in a double boiler for ten minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Cool.
  • Sift flour, salt, baking soda together.
  • Beat eggs until very light and add to cornmeal mush.
  • Add sifted flour mixture alternatively with milk and stir thoroughly.
  • Add enough buttermilk or sour milk to make a thin batter.
  • Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray.
  • Bake batter in hot waffle iron until golden brown.

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  1. These were really good. A little more involved than "regular" one bowl waffles and it makes A LOT. I served them with chicken & gravy that I made from a rotisserie chicken (Amish PA Dutch style). The corn flavor really came through. I accidentally forgot to cook the "mush" in a double boiler and ended up adding 2T of oil at the end (forgot to put the shortening in too, I was on a roll); they still turned out great. These are a nice savory alternative and accompanied well with the chicken & gravy waffles we have for dinner once in a while. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Holy cow I love anything with cornmeal! These were definitely no exception. I divided this recipe in 6ths and still ended up with more than three waffles. As Paula said, the mush cooked incredibly fast, in fact no more than a couple of minutes. The color of the waffles is beautiful with a taste to match. Thanks, Molly!
  3. These were made for Christmas Eve brunch. They are crispy on the outside with a nice chewy texture inside. The mush was cooked in less than the 10 minutes mentioned in the recipe. The mush was quick cooled by placing in an ice bath for a few minutes. Also, the ingredients list has butter but the directions only mention shortening. I used the shortening. I made only half a recipe on my Belgian waffle maker with a yield of 8 delicious waffles. The waffles were garnished with frozen strawberries and warm maple syrup.



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