What kind of waffle iron do you have? (Assuming you have one, of course.)
When my husband and I got married, we registered for a Belgian waffle maker. I don’t remember why we chose that kind. Maybe I liked the thought of those deep waffle pockets, maybe we just didn’t have a waffle maker and that’s what they offered to register for.
A few months ago my husband decided that he wanted to buy a normal waffle maker. Little did he know how long that quest was going to be. As it turns out, what people thought of as waffles 30 years ago have gone the way of the dodo. Mostly anyway. The quest was combing over Amazon for weeks reading descriptions and looking at pictures while trying to find a waffle maker that reminded him of his youth. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to Amazon yourself and marvel at how basically every waffle maker they sell is either Belgian or shaped like something weird like the Death Star. (Okay, maybe the Death Star isn’t weird, but as a waffle it’s definitely not normal.)
As a kid, he had the waffles his mom made in a waffle iron that was square, produced “small holed” waffles and tragically, is long gone. All he wanted was waffles with the same basic layout. Not Belgian, not hearts, not the Death Star. Square, simple waffles. At long last, he found one and bought it, ending this magical quest for waffles from ages past. In case you want non-Belgian waffles, and don’t feel like digging around on Amazon for ages, here’s a link for you. It’s a bit more expensive than other waffle irons, it’s got mixed reviews, and the main picture of it doesn’t look like a waffle iron at all. Thus is the nature of an epic quest I suppose. The results however are an almost exact match for the waffles he wanted, and he’s made them several times using it. He reports that he was very satisfied with the purchase and also with the waffles it makes.
This waffle recipe is the same one that I posted it back in 2015, but now in a different waffle form (waffles are delicious). We’ve tried a variety of recipes over the past years, but this one is by far the best. Quite frankly, we’ve never looked for another recipe or changed a single ingredient since the original posting because it’s perfect as is… so perfect that it’s worth sharing again.
Many Belgian waffle recipes involve yeast, but you can use beaten eggs instead. I have to admit that I complained for a second when I remembered that I had to drag out the hand mixer on Sunday to help my husband make these waffles, but trust me it’s worth it. (Plus, it’s still faster than working with yeast.)
(About 4 to 6 servings)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 and 3/4 cups milk (any kind will do)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 8.4 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your waffle iron, and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. You only need to spray it one time for an entire batch of waffles. There is usually no need to spray it between every waffle.
- Crack the eggs into a large bowl.
- Using a hand mixer, beat the eggs until they are a bit foamy.
- Add the oil, milk, vanilla extract, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the bowl.
- Once everything is in the bowl, beat the mixture just until the lumps are gone.
- Pour the batter into the hot waffle iron, and cook until golden brown. (Different waffle irons take different amounts of time, so it usually works to watch the steam coming out and check them once it’s not putting out as much.)
- Remove from the waffle iron, top with anything you like on waffles, and enjoy.
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