Awfully Delicious…

We’ve started Sunday Night Waffles at our house!  B. calls them “awfuls”, but they are so, so good.

When I was a kid, we almost always had waffles on Sunday night. I don’t know how the tradition began, but it’s one of my favorite family food traditions. My dad and step-mom are pretty evenly matched in the waffle chef category, so maybe it was a good meal for them to cook together – I’ll have to ask them. They have a special recipe, that’s not really a recipe, but relies on the perfect proportion of liquids to solids, and a lot of beaten egg whites carefully stirred in at the very end.

We’ve been using a modified recipe from the King Arthur Flour Cookbook. I like waffles because the recipe is pretty forgiving – you can add and subtract ingredients and still come up with something edible. Here’s the basic recipe we follow:

Mix together:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Make a big volcano crater in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the following into the crater:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oil or melted butter
  • 2 eggs

Then we mix in a cup or so of frozen blueberries. Cook ’em up – however it works best for you!

To make them lighter and fluffier, you could separate the egg whites and whip them up separately, then fold the whipped whites into the batter at the very end. We didn’t do that last night, but the waffles were still delish.

The thing I learned last night when we cooked, was that I could keep the kitchen peace by giving B. her own bowl. We poured the main ingredients into the big bowl that S. stirred, and then we poured very small amounts of the same ingredients (except the eggs) into another bowl for B. Then she could stir to her heart’s content, and taste it, without worrying about salmonella.

So in the end, it was a 5-star night, which is why we might be having waffles every Sunday night from now on!

I’ve asked before about the traditions you’d like to break, but what are the food traditions that you’d like to keep?


2 thoughts on “Awfully Delicious…

  1. Elise, you have done a great job this month exploring family meals and involving your whole family. I have been stimulated and enlightened as well as amused and heartened. Thanks for the posts and your good energy and humor.

    • Thank you 🙂 And thank you for your thoughtful comments and replies – it’s like you’re doing the projects with us, and I love that!

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