Thursday, August 12, 2010

when it comes to breakfast, I never waffle around the subject

I have a thing for breakfast. Unfortunately, it isn't for the bacon and egg part, but rather the pancake and waffle part. Pancakes are wonderful because they are easy to whip up on the fly, but waffles....they have pockets. Pockets are a wonderful thing. I learned to appreciate pockets from my darling grandma. She would make these waffles a few times year and when she did, she would personally butter every one's waffle. Buttering to my grandmother is an art form...each and every pocket is filled meticulously with real creamy butter. And then, it was up to us to make sure each pocket was in turn filled with her home made syrup. Grandma's waffles may in fact be my single most craved food item......maybe....
Now when I make waffles,I secretly up the ante a bit...first I make bacon. With the reserved bacon grease, I coat my waffle iron. And with what is remaining....I pour it in a measuring cup and make up the difference with butter.....and then I put it in my waffle batter....oh yum!
The nice thing about hot bacon grease is that it melts the butter for you.
And then the single most important thing I do with waffle batter, is to beat the egg whites separately. After the waffle batter is prepared, then I fold the beaten egg whites in gently, thus resulting in a light and fluffy waffle ever time.
Trust me, it is worth every bit of your effort.

My husband specifically requests that I over cook a few...poor man, he was raised on bad cooking and doesn't appreciate the cloudiness. He also asks me to overcook my cookies as well?!
seriously, the bacon grease just does it for me.

Grandpa likes peanut butter on his waffles. Some people like powdered sugar, jam or lemon curd. How do you like your waffles?
Me I like syrup always. On the left is a peach syrup I made the other night. On the right is grandma's home made syrup made with Mapeline.....my knees buckle.
PERFECT WAFFLES
4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 beaten egg yolks
2 whipped egg whites (heavy peaks)
4 cups milk or 2 cups milk and 2 cups buttermilk
1 cup butter and bacon grease reserve combined
Sift dry ingredients together. Combine egg yolks, milk and oil and hand beat into the dry ingredients. Finally, fold the beaten whites gently in. Cook according to waffle maker instructions.

8 comments:

bonnie said...

holy mama, bacon grease and butter..you are my kind of women..hevenly


sweetlife

5 Star Foodie said...

Great tip for doing the egg whites separately!

Angie's Recipes said...

Delicious looking waffles! I usually eat toast for the breakfast.

Reeni said...

These have to be the best waffles I've ever seen. Bacon grease, homemade syrups...yes please!

P.S. Your profile is disabled again...

Sara said...

I knew the bacon grease would get ya....I will never fit that little polka dot bikini, but I guess i will be happy! Reeni, Thanks, Myprofile isn't the only thing disabled lately :)

Jennifer said...

LOVES! I've only made waffles once when I lived at home and the waffle iron was crap. I'd like to attempt again once I decide to purchase a maker.
btw, I too love breakfast, anytime, anywhere. It's the best meal of the day.

Cynthia said...

That recipe looks unbelievable. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I adore pancakes and waffles. I don't make waffles that often, but I may start with this recipe. And I have syrup with mine . . . in each and every pocket!

nonidoit said...

Bacon grease, butter, and homemade syrup...brings back fond memories..I have been banned from giving my grandsons butter...they don't know what they are missing! And my dad LOVED peanut butter on his waffles, in fact, on anything...Thanks for letting me know people are still cooking the good stuff!