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Like Pooh Bear, but with a lunchbox. With school getting back in session over the past few weeks, we’ve been thinking about snacks. [Okay, real talk here, we’re always thinking about snacks. We’re like Winnie-the-Pooh, forever dreaming about the next snacking opportunity.]
But this time of year in particular, when our thoughts turn to school-related snacks. Fits-in-a-lunchbox snacks. After-school snacks. Late-night snacks. Won’t spoil in your backpack or locker over the weekend snacks. Moderately healthy-but-has-redeeming-nutritional-value snacks. What fills that bill? Trail mix.
This week, we’re observing National Waffle Day* on August 24!
The waffle, fancier than a flat pancake, but still a pretty basic breakfast food, is made from leavened batter and cooked between two hot, textured plates that give a particular size, shape, and surface impression. You can make them fresh, or make them ahead and heat them up when desired.
Most modern waffles are between the size of a grown-up’s hand and a dinner plate, and are impressed with a texture that looks like a grid. But over its thousand year existence, the waffle has taken on a broad range of sizes and textures, pressed and cooked between hot baking irons embossed with different illustrations or textures.
If you want your kids’ friends to think you are the coolest family around, serve these for breakfast (topped with ice cream!) after the next slumber party or sleepover.
Also makes a fine dessert when you’re having “breakfast for supper.”
1-1/2 Cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (optional)
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 Cup sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Paste
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 Cup milk
Pre-heat the waffle iron, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and spices (if desired). In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, beat the stick of butter on low speed until creamy. Add the cup of sugar to the butter, and continue to mix. Add the eggs, one at a time, running the mixer for 1 minute after adding each egg. Add the vanilla paste and stir until just incorporated.
Meanwhile, use a small skillet or saucepan to melt the 2 oz of unsweetened baking chocolate, over low heat. Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring to the butter/egg mixture. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir melted chocolate into waffle batter. Do not over-mix.
Add the sifted dry ingredients to the chocolate waffle batter in several increments, alternating with the milk, then mixing to make sure all is incorporated and mixed together.
Make waffles as you normally do, according to your manufacturer’s instructions. Serve warm, with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate sauce, or fresh strawberries.
2 Cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 egg yolks
1-3/4 Cup buttermilk
6 Tbsp (yes, Tbsp) melted butter
2 egg whites
Preheat waffle-maker. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt so that these dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed together.
Separate the egg yolks and whites, and beat the yolks in a medium bowl until they are light. Add the buttermilk and melted butter to the yolks, and whisk together. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Whisk the egg whites, at high speed, until they are stiff, but not dry, then use a spatula to carefully fold them into the buttermilk batter.
Take a scoop of batter (will vary depending on your particular waffle iron’s instructions, but ours takes about 1/3 – 1/2 Cup of batter), pour onto heated waffle iron. Close top of waffle maker and cook several minutes, until waffle is golden brown. Remove from waffle iron, and serve with butter and syrup, or your favorite topping.
Omit the sugar if you will be topping the waffles with savory foods.