My mom gives the same thing to almost every bride-to-be: a Belgian waffle maker. I call it her signature, and I sometimes give her a hard time about it, but at the same time it's a fantastic gift. Who doesn't love homemade waffles? Of course I had to say almost every bride-to-be because she left one bride out of this pattern: me! And boy did I want one. I registered for it, but no one bought it. Then I didn't buy it for myself, either. And I did get a regular waffle maker (from mama, of course, at Christmas), but I still wanted that Belgian one. I never let her forget it, and last year I finally opened one on Christmas morning. And I've used it SO many times since.
You see, they're my favorite kind of waffles. Deep, crisp edges with enough heft to give them a chew. They are the best thing about breakfast, except bacon, of course. And although I haven't dipped my toe into true Belgian Waffle waters (they call for yeast! the beast!) I have tried several plain waffle recipes. There has been a tie between two of them: The Joy of Cooking's recipe, and this Norwegian Waffle recipe. Don't ask me about the Norwegian part because all I know is the author says it's been in her family for generations. I guess Norwegians make good waffles.
Adapted from Allrecipes
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons shortening, melted
1 3/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
3.5 teaspoons baking powder
1. Preheat a waffle iron.
2. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Pour in shortening, milk, salt and vanilla. and mix until well combined.
3. Sift flour and baking powder. Stir the flour into the liquid ingredients.
4. Spoon 2/3 cup of batter onto waffle iron. Close the lid and cook until steam no is no longer visible, and waffle is browned. Serve hot.
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