J wooed me with these waffles. It’s true – I had just come out of a relationship with a guy who did not like to cook and did not enjoy eating. I had been doing 95% of the cooking and 100% of the effort. In fact, before J, I had never dated a guy who enjoyed cooking, so the first morning J told me he’d like to make his waffles for me and that I didn’t have to do anything except drink coffee while he made us a batch, well, I just about fell off that barstool and spilled my latte all over the hardwood floor.
Then, with the winter sunshine streaming through the kitchen windows, his hoodie around my shoulders, and the feeling of love in my heart (even though we had not yet said those words to each other) – when I cut into a waffle and found that it was light and fluffy and slightly crispy on the outside, I looked up into his laughing, amused eyes and decided then and there that I had to marry this boy. Kidding. But only sort of.
The secret to J’s amazing light and fluffy waffles is separating the eggs and then whipping the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Folding in those whipped egg whites creates the lightest, airiest waffles I have ever tasted.
This is the waffle recipe that J’s daughter A grew up on, and this is the waffle recipe we will raise our future kids on. It’s the perfect Sunday morning breakfast treat. I love to smother my waffles with fresh fruit for a little added healthiness – but they are perfectly simple on their own with organic butter and pure maple syrup.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 cup milk (we use 1%)
- 1 egg, egg and yolk separated
- butter and maple syrup for serving
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the melted butter, milk, and egg yolk. Whisk just until dry ingredients are moistened.
- In a small bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Add the stiff egg whites to the waffle batter and gently fold them in with a wooden spoon (or fold with your whisk) until there are no lumps.
- Drop batter onto a hot waffle iron and cook according to your waffle iron's directions.
- Serve with fresh organic butter and pure maple syrup. Garnish with berries if you like.
- This recipe makes approx 8 waffles and serves 2-4 people, depending on your self control ;)