Saturday, January 23, 2010

waffles for dinner? a recipe for maple syrup waffles

so...it has been raining for the past seven days....cold, wet, windy, dreary... not fun. days spent clearing out storm drains to prevent flooding, picking up torn branches and bits of debris from the yard and...when you have a 115 pound golden retreiver...you spend a ton of time toweling him off every time he goes in and out. i drove to san francisco for two of the days (it was the fancy food show...really cool, and i will blog about that later) and the drive included a flooded out main road leading to a detour on a two lane winding road full of mud... zig-zagging throughout wine country...beautiful in nice weather...a bit scary in torrential rains...(the things we do for free chocolate and cheese!)

anyway, the weather had me craving comfort food....and after a week of chili, slow cooker food, roasted everything...oh, and did i mention all the food samples at the fancy food show?....i was at a loss as to what to make for dinner last night...nothing sounded good. i decided to ignore dinner choices and move to breakfast options.

do you like breakfast for dinner? i do...sometimes pancakes or omelets or scrambled eggs is the perfect choice for an easy, fast and delicious supper. last night i made waffles...what a perfect choice.

i love maple syrup on waffles (who doesn't)...so i developed a recipe that uses the syrup as the sweetener in the batter....this results in a waffle that has a richer taste than those with white sugar...and, because i use a combination of bread flour and whole wheat flour, these waffles cook up light, tender and crispy....now just add bacon (of course!) and you are good to go....

maple syrup waffles
2 beaten eggs (organic if you can)
1 3/4 whole milk
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 c. unbleached bread flour
1 c. unbleached whole wheat flour
1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
pinch sea salt
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
**i use a large measuring glass pitcher to make the batter because it is easier to pour into the waffle iron**

preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. add eggs, milk, oil, flour, baking powder and sea salt to pitcher of bowl. whisk just until liquids are incorporated into flour. add maple syrup and whisk again. pour batter onto hot waffle iron ( amount depends on the size of the iron so experiment until you get the perfect amount for your machine. you want to batter to just cover the waffle grid). waffles are ready when they look dark golden brown.

i top my waffles with sliced fruit (we had bananas last night), and additional maple syrup.


so...what is your favorite "breakfast for dinner" choice?
best,
diane
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6 comments:

Alison said...

Yummy! We love breakfast for dinner here too...our favorites are waffles (buttermilk), cottage cheese pancakes and omelets. Oh, and pigs in a blanket. LOL! I could just keep going. ;-)

napa farmhouse 1885 said...

aah...a fellow "breakfast for dinner" fan! thanks for the comments allison. i am going to try your oatmeal brown sugar scones very soon....

best,
diane

Karen said...

I love eating breakfast foods for dinner. The waffles look delish. Can't wait to try.
Karen

californiablue said...

I am a huge fan of breakfast items for dinner!!! You should try these amazing spelt pancakes we make. You can substitute buttermilk for regular milk to make them even better. So yummy....

http://californiablue.tumblr.com/post/346209417/great-cookbook

Will definitely try the waffle recipe!

napa farmhouse 1885 said...

thanks for the comment karen...let me know how you like the waffles...
best,
diane

napa farmhouse 1885 said...

hi california blue...the spelt pancake recipe looks really good...thanks for sharing...i think i am going to do an entire post of pancake and waffle recipes soon...i will link to your blog...
best,
diane