Tuesday, February 19, 2013

overnight raised waffles

I just wrote about waffles, and I thought I found the one.
But then yeast came in the picture, and things got complicated.



Last night, Emilia, Veda and I had our annual end-of-season girl's night out to celebrate the end of the winter track season.  I don't know about you all, but I love traditions. 
Last year, we saw a chick-flick (The Vow) and ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant (I look forward to their fried plantains all track season!).

This year, we did the exact same thing -- except this year, we were not carrying all of our track bags and book bags with us.  We learned our lesson last year when we had to check 7 bags into the coat check at the restaurant.

After dinner, we headed over to CVS to buy candy.  We got 5 packs of candy for the same price as one pack at the theater.  Emilia thought ahead and brought a huge bag to carry our stash into the theater.  It's great to have friends who think ahead when you're as forgetful as me.

We saw Safe Haven.  Was it cheesy? Yes.  Was there not a single male in the theater? Yes.  Did I cry my eyes out? Yes.

Emilia and I always start crying around the opening credits, when the soft music starts to play and they show snapshots of cattails blowing in the breeze.  This only intensifies as the movie progresses.  Veda is the rock that sits between us and comforts us.

Even though the movie got bad reviews from the critics, I really liked it.  I'm always a sucker for Nicholas Sparks, and as a dancer, I have the biggest girl-crush on Julianne Hough. She was always my favorite on Dancing With the Stars.


After the movie, we all slept over at my house.  I have learned from experience that we always have boundless energy for midnight baking (Nutella and pretzel stuffed chocolate chip cookies anyone), but when breakfast rolls around, we end up eating Frosted Mini Wheats from the box.  Since my friends are always thinking ahead for me (shout out to Emilia and her giant tote bag), I decided to think ahead for them for once -- and I prepared the batter for these raised waffles the night before. 

In the morning, when I was foggy-eyed and sugar deprived, I just heated up the waffle iron and shazam. Breakfast = done.

With love,
Erica

Ingredients

½ cup warm water
1 package (2 ¼ tsp.) dry yeast
2 cups whole milk, warmed
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp. baking soda

Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. (The batter will rise to double its volume, so keep that in mind when you choose the bowl.) Sprinkle the yeast over the water, and let stand to dissolve for 5 minutes.

Add the milk, butter, salt, sugar, and flour, and beat until well blended and smooth. (Electric beaters do a nice job of this.) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it stand overnight at room temperature.

Before cooking the waffles, preheat a waffle maker. Follow your waffle maker’s instruction manual for this, but my guess is that you’ll want to heat it on whatever setting is approximately medium-high. My waffle maker has a heat dial that runs from 1 to 7, and I turned it to 5. My waffle maker is nonstick, so I didn’t grease it, and Marion Cunningham doesn’t call for greasing it, either.

Just before cooking the waffles, add the eggs and baking soda, and stir to mix well. The batter will be very thin. Pour an appropriate amount of batter into your hot waffle maker: this amount will vary from machine to machine, and you should plan to use your first waffle as a test specimen. Cook until golden and crisp.

From The Breakfast Book

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18 comments:

  1. Ha, you were already two steps ahead of me! Your waffles look FAB. This recipe is essentially the same as the one I recommended on your last post, so you can cross that one off your list!

    Your girls night sounds like so much fun! I need to plan some with my friends! But seriously--how do you stay so skinny with all your recipe testing/midnight baking??

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    1. Thank you so much! Wow! I guess we both enjoyed these awesome waffles! Haha you totally should call up the girls! I read about your cleanse and it sounds very intriguing, I would love to talk more about that with you sometime in the future. I think for me, all the running, hot yoga, dancing, and just general mayhem keeps me from ballooning too much haha.

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    2. Haha. I need more general mayhem in my life, methinks! And I am so freaking in love with that Whole Living detox--would love to talk about it anytime :)

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    3. Awesome! Chat me up! I am obsessed with Whole Living!

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  2. you're killing meeeeeee! I don't have a waffle iron, but all of these freakin waffle recipes that you keep posting about are making me think that I REALLY need to buy one! I am so bookmarking them for when that day *finally* arrives, they look incredible!

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    1. Hahaha having a waffle maker is life changing!

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  3. Yum these look amazing! and I would love them smothered in nutella too...I've gone nutella crazy recently! I have my ferrero rocher loving in laws over from England right now and I'm going to be making your ferrero rocher brownies for them later this week, I can't wait - they look SO good!

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    1. Ohhh please let me know how those turn out! I also have a great recipe for Nutella Butter Cake that should be up on the blog very soon! Did you notice the jar of Nutella peeking out in the corner of the waffle picture? ;)

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  4. I seriously need a waffle iron! These look so so good, and such a perfect post-sleepover breakfast! I'm dying to see Safe Haven. I just read the book and it looks phenomenal. :)

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    1. Ohh good for you for reading the book! It was such a wonderful story!

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  5. OMG where were you when I was in high school??! These waffles look amazinggggggggggg

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    1. Thanks! Guess what, I'm making your brown butter mac and cheese for my track potluck!

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  6. Hi Erica, this is a great idea to make the batter the night before, I can't wait to try these when my boys our home. Your pictures are stellar again, and love reading your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope the boys like my waffles!

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  7. Okay,that's it. This weekend, I absolutely MUST make these! I even have a new waffle iron that I have only had the chance to use a couple of time - - one of the Belgian ones that you rotate to flip it over, then flip it back when it's ready.

    Can't wait for this weekend. These look AMAZING. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Ohhh lucky you with your new waffle iron! I have a similar iron! Let me know how they come out!

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  8. Oh my gosh, these waffles look amazing! And I especially appreciate the Nutella nearby :) Love reading your blog!

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    1. Thank you! I always have Nutella nearby!

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