Get your waffle irons out. Really, go get them. After you taste these incredible Belgium beauties you will never Eggo again. Ever. You will never even consider Belgium chocolate again. Never. Only waffles. I promise.
These waffles are a very special treat. Whomever you make these for will kiss your feet, even if their dirty. And stinky.
I promise. Internet, have I lied to you yet?
These waffles are sweet, cake-like, buttery, crisp. Did I say buttery? Pretty much everything you could hope for at breakfast time, right?
The Wild Boar begs me relentlessly for these waffles. He pledges his undying love for me and agrees to do all sorts of chores if I just make him some of these special little waffles. So far he has painted the house (inside and out), swept out the gutters, put on a new roof, cleaned the chimney and re-plastered the pool; all for the waffles.
It's not a bad deal really. When I came downstairs this morning he had a sign, "Will Work For Waffles".
So I thought about it and today and I did need some ditches dug in the backyard to get water to my vegetable garden.
So here's what happened...watch this (or just imagine it I guess).
"Honey, I'm going to start the waffles!"
Oh look, he's already got his shovel. See how easy this is!
So let's get to work, I want to finish these waffles before he's dug all six ditches. I want him to know how much I care about him and that I would never, ever take advantage of him in any way. I want to keep up my end of the bargain. Waffles for work.
Here are the supplies for this very SIMPLE but satisfying recipe; flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter, vanilla, eggs, syrup and strawberries (optional). This is all you need and it's probably all in your pantry and fridge right now! So get your stuff and let's get cooking.
Grab the all-purpose flour. Of course, right? More white flour for me. Even the checker at the grocery store looks down on me for buying so much flour. Today she said, "You're buying flour again?" Ummm, yeah, so what! We use a lot of flour over here!
Go ahead and add 2 cups of flour to a mixing bowl. I'm not really sure what is going with the color in this photo. It's like some type of paranormal event is taking place. I'm scared.
This is what is going to make these waffles sweet and yummy. You'll see, I will make you a believer. And yes, we really do need this gi-mongo picture of the sugar bag in here. This is my blog remember.
Add 3/4 cups of sugar to the flour. I couldn't find my 3/4 cup measuring apparatus anywhere so I had to use my 1/4 cup measuring apparatus three times. This annoyed me because you know how lazy I am. Anyway, I later found the 3/4 cup measuring thingamabob in the hermit crab cage. The hooligans were using it to dig out the crabs from under the rocks. Ummm, YUCK!
"Hey Clabber, Clabber, swing!" I'm going to say that at all the hooligan's baseball games instead of, "Hey batter, batter". My job on this planet is to embarrass them. And they know it.
Add 3-1/2 teaspoons of the baking powder.
Now mix up your dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
Now you need to separate 2 eggs. You can do this.
Pour the egg yolks into a new mixing bowl.
Add 1-1/2 cups of milk to the egg yolks. Use whole, 2% or 1%. I don't think I would go as far as using non-fat. I really wouldn't.
Okay, so apparently this recipe is NOT for the cardiovascularly challenged. But THIS is what is making these waffles so dang good. It's the BUDDA; my true love next to my other gigolo pal, mayonnaise. "Mayo, I know I'm cheatin' on you, but you just don't go with the shug-ga here. You understand don't cha hun? I'll see you with a sandwich lat-ah'."
Now take your lover and melt him (1 cup). And then cool him down a bit, but not too much.
Pour your slightly cooled butter into the egg yolk and milk mixture. Don't forget about the slightly cooled part otherwise you will cook your egg yolks. I'm not sure what scrambled-egg waffles would taste like? Probably not good.
Find your sticky, goopy bottle of vanilla.
Add 1 teaspoon of the vanilla to the egg-milk-butter mix.
Mix it all up like the rockstar you are...
Grab the egg whites you separated earlier. Mix them at high speed until stiff peaks form. This is how they look just as you start mixing.
Can you see the little peaks? I think they're friends. Shhhh, listen, I think they're talking. "Hey there little cutie, want to go to the movies tonight?" "Oh sure, I'd love too!" "Great, I'll swirl on over around eight." "Swell."
Oops, I think I killed them.
So now take your dry ingredients and add them to the butter-egg-milk-mixture and mix them together.
Now add your egg whites in and fully mix together.
Now get your favorite waffle iron. This one is mine. See the grease and crumbs? That means I use it a lot. Isn't it cute? But any waffle iron will do. Just use it according to the manufacturer's directions.
And Ta-Dah! The best Belgium waffles you will ever have. I pinkie-double-dare-swear they are the best.
Bobby Flay, when you read this...I challenge you to a Waffle Throwdown! I really do.
True Belgium Waffles
Adapted from Taste at Home
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, separated
1- 1/2 cups milk
1 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sliced fresh strawberries and syrup
In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions until golden brown. Serve with more butter, strawberries and syrup.
This batter can be made up the night before and refrigerated to use in the morning.
If you try these waffles, let me know how they turned out.