Last night you’ll recall I made some yeasted waffle batter. This morning I got up and went on to part II of the waffle making odyssey. J- glad you mentioned about the egg whites, I was dubious, but in the end I agree – very much worth it!
I had to look up some videos on how to fold in the whipped eggs, since I usually go at it too hard and lose all the air. I think I managed it quite well, if i do say so myself!
The batter was really thick – you can see how the cup just stands straight up in it.
When the waffle iron was ready, I spooned just under half a cup of batter into each of the four compartments, worried that it might overspill. I needn’t have worried – half a cup would have been just right and the batter is so thick it can’t really spill out.
They smelled amazing – at first like baking bread, and then caramelly and toasty. They came out nice and crisp on the outside, and the crumb was tender and airy. I have to admit the waffle was a little too buttery for my taste…the 3/4 butter resulted in a very rich waffle which would work well as a dessert with whipped cream and strawberries. But for breakfast I prefer something a little less rich.
DH had to of course have some for his breakfast, and he announced that these were the best I’d made so far. He loves butter.
These were my best effort so far. There are a few tweaks I would make – I think the one and a half stick of butter was a little overkill. Just one stick of butter (1/2 cup) would do; I only used 1.5 tablespoons of sugar as I was afraid it would be too sweet; it wasn’t at all, so I will try the recommended 2 tbsps.
Compared to the Marion Cunningham yeasted waffle batter, which was on the thin side (it has a full cup more liquid in the batter), I really like this one. It was easy to make, the batter was a scoop and dump jobbie rather than a pouring one. On its own the waffle was a bit salty, but married with maple syrup? Heaven!
Another difference – the one I used today had no baking soda – which is there to react with buttermilk and give the waffle lift. With yeast there is no need – it’s all airy and lifty already.
Today’s waffle comes from Kate Habershon’s Pancakes and Waffles recipe book (we use the pancake recipe in there all the time and love it).
First whisk/sift the dry ingredients:
1 tsp yeast (I used the rapid rise stuff – no need to activate in water first)
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
Then mix the wet ingredients together:
1.5 cups milk
1.5 sticks butter melted & cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
Then whisk the liquid into the dry. Cover with clingfilm and let sit out at room temperature overnight.
The next morning, separate 3 eggs. Preheat waffle iron. Beat the egg whites till they are stiff (I only used 2- still yummy!). Whisk in the egg yolks then fold in the egg whites. Then pour 1/2 cup per compartment and close lid. Wait for yumminess to cook. Eat with maple syrup!
Went to see a friend’s new house this morning (with said waffles), followed by a knitty afternoon with the girls at Westfield, including Hattie from Bristol & Joy all the way down from Malvern! We frustrated our waiter at Wahaca – we were all so busy chatting he was having a hard time keeping our attention long enough to get our orders. Ah well, when there is knitting and chatting to be done can you blame us?
I also have photos of finished yarn! They are a little blurry as I took them with my iphone, but the colours are not too far off.
This is the grey and pink Sokkusu-X, which is going to grow up to be one of my colourways. I just don’t yet have a name for it…
The three on the right are all pink/grey, two with light grey and one with dark grey. The left skein will also grow up to be a colourway – it purple and green and yellow, like an iris.
These are Dyepot Babies – they may become colourways, but I haven’t decided yet. Probably the two reds since I liked them and I know how to remake them.
Now for my first contest of 2011: Name that Skein! The pink/light grey, pink/dark grey and iris coloured colourways all need names. Put your suggestions in the comments. If I use one of your suggestions as the name of one of those three colourways, I’ll send you a skein of Sokkusu-X in the colourway you named. Happy naming!