On weekday mornings?
And not only are they easy, but they are healthy too?
Would you be jealous? Well, don’t be.
Because I’m going to share my simple whole-wheat “Belgian” waffle recipe with you today and show you the new waffle-maker that I received for Christmas that makes waffles a practical weekday breakfast.
I have a long and sordid history with waffle makers. It seems, that like with most things these days, waffles makers are not meant to last.
I can vividly remember my mom’s waffle maker. She only ever had one the entire time I was growing up and that same waffle maker made countless indulgent breakfasts for my children too. It was cast iron and weighed a ton. It definitely showed it’s age with dings and dents and tarnish spots. But boy did it perform. And it took quite a while to cook a single giant waffle, but that’s okay because those waffles were few and far between and most-definitely worth waiting for.
I bet that waffle maker is still kicking around someplace in my Dad’s attic.
I’ll be honest, as much as I loved the waffles my mom occasionally made for a special treat, a waffle maker was not something I rushed out to buy when I moved out on my own. In fact, it never even occurred to me that a waffle maker would be something I would want or need. But, someone purchased one for my husband and I as a wedding gift, which they gifted to us with their special overnight waffle recipe. I must admit I never used that recipe. Planning for breakfast the night before was not something I did in my newlywed days.
Nor was taking the time to make waffles for breakfast. My husband and I both worked long hours. Including, for me, Saturdays. (And often Sundays too). So waffles were not a regular part of our breakfast menu. In fact, the only time we used that waffle maker was on the rare occasion my husband and I were both home for dinner at the same time and we celebrated with breakfast for dinner. That happened maybe 4 times.
But that was not the case. About two years after we received the waffle maker my mom, my aunt and my cousin came to visit. One of the things we loved to do together was cook, so this was the perfect time to use the waffle maker. I dug it out of the cupboard, plugged it in and turned in on while my cousin whipped up a batch of batter and my mom made some bacon. My aunt sipped coffee, and offered a running commentary on the breakfast preparations.
And I guess that’s a good thing, because a few minutes later I heard her going “Uh, oh. Uh, oh. UH, OH!” increasingly louder. “The waffle maker is on fire!”
It was technically on fire, but it was emitting large plumes of dark smoke and the cord was melting. After some quick back and forth we managed to use a pot holder to unplug the machine and toss it out onto the driveway to smolder.
And we went out to breakfast.
A few weeks later my mom sent me a new waffle maker in the mail. I opened it, put it in the cupboard and promptly forgot about it, until Kevin was about a year old. At that point, I was cleaning out cupboards to make room for sippy cups, plastic utensils and assorted baby dishes and I cam upon the waffle maker.
With a baby at home, I figured this was a good time to resume my waffle making. The machine seemed to work well, and Kevin loved waffles and everything was going along swimmingly until we received a second waffle maker as a gift.
Because if one waffle maker is good, two is better. Right?
This one made an imprint of Winnie-The-Pooh on the waffle. And while it looked cute, it never worked right. But of course, upon seeing the Pooh Bear waffles that’s the only kind Kevin wanted from there on out. Only every time I tried to make a Disney-esque waffle the waffles would stick to the pan and I’d have to pry and crumble them out, leaving us both in tears.
While packing boxes I pulled out both waffle makers and decided to just pitch the Pooh Bear machine. I had hoped enough time had passed that Kevin would have forgotten about all about the Winnie waffles. And if not, I was prepared to tell him that it got lost in the move.
Only things rarely go as planned. Somehow, the Winnie the Pooh waffle iron made the move with us and the regular waffle maker got pitched. Or lost. Who knows?
So, my non-waffle making days continued for awhile longer.
But after my daughter was born, we seemed to enjoy much more leisurely Sunday breakfasts. One morning, over chocolate chip pancakes, Kevin became nostalgic about the “good old days” when I used to make waffles for breakfast. Mind you, he was three years old.
So, we purchased a new waffle iron and waffles actually became part of our regular breakfast rotation. But, as good as the waffles were, none of the waffle irons ever worked properly, at least not for long. In the next ten years, we probably went through five more waffle irons. Which really seems ridiculous!
Our most-recent waffle-maker bit the dust about 18 months ago. This was especially distressing, because by then I had transitioned to the real-food lifestyle we enjoy today and I loved to make big batches of waffles to heat up for quick school-day breakfasts. I think I missed it as much as the kids did.
But apparently not enough to buy a new one.
Luckily, I received a new waffle maker for Christmas this past year. It was my first ever Belgian waffle maker and it made two waffle at once. Just like those fancy ones they have in hotels. I was so excited to finally be able to make waffles again.
But, I was admittedly thrown by the whole Belgian waffle recipe. The recipe that came with the waffle maker required the addition of yeast to the batter and a period of time for rising. While I bake homemade bread all the time, I wasn’t remotely interested in having to add yeast to my breakfast batter. Nor did I have the time or patience to account for rising time in the morning.
So I started doing some independent research and learned that while a true Belgian waffle does always contain yeast, I could actually make any kind of waffle in my Belgian waffle maker – although most of the sites I rad cautioned me that my waffles might not be as high or as fluffy.
I could live with that, as long as it tasted good and was easy to make. So I decided to just my old waffle recipe in my new waffle iron. And it as good. Not great but good. Especially since we hadn’t had homemade waffles in well over a year.
Over the next week I made a batch of waffles everyday, tweaking the recipe here and there and came up with this perfect “pseudo-Belgian” Whole Wheat Waffle Recipe. And now that the recipe is perfected, my kiddos ask for these waffles all the time.
And I am happy to oblige.
Once you see how easy these waffles are to make, how quickly they come together and how good they taste you will be too.
I start be heating my waffle maker.
Then, I melt ½ cup butter and allow it to cool slightly. While the butter cools, I separate two eggs and using a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Meanwhile, I mix together two cups of whit whole wheat flour, 5 teaspoons of baking powder, salt and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, I mix together the egg yolks, lightly beaten, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Then I stir in the dry ingredients. And finally, I gently fold in the whipped egg whites, just until combined.
Then, I oil my waffle maker and spread ½ cup of batter onto the waffle iron. I close the lid, flip and repeat with the other side. In less than five minutes I have not one, but two, beautiful Belgian waffles ready for breakfast.