sundays are the days that we can sleep in, linger over breakfast, enjoying a roaring fire, the new york times - i take out my stress from the previous week by yelling at football teams on the tv - den tinkers, the girls color, paint and play. breakfast is usually homemade pancakes, waffles or french toast... when den is gone, however, breakfast is usually not such an affair. it's not that i can't cook a big breakfast - it just feels strange when he's not here. this is our first sunday at home together in nearly two months and is a glorious morning.
it has been a very stressful year for us - the rocks on the road to 2012 seem to be breeding instead of receding - but when are together, enjoying a morning like this, nothing else seems to matter. i focus on how grateful i am for our health, our strength and support of each other and our love. i wish you such riches.
have a beautiful day... and a little something for your sunday... our favorite waffle recipe that den tweaked a bit from the joy of cooking...
the most delicious waffles EVER:
taking the extra time to beat the egg whites makes ALL the difference in the world. this recipe makes enough to freeze leftovers. i pull them out and toast them in the mornings for the girls with a spread of peanut butter.
whisk together in large bowl:
3 1/2 c flour
2 T baking powder
1 T demerara sugar
1 t. fine sea salt
whisk together in another bowl:
6 organic egg yolks
1 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. half & half
16 T melted butter
in another bowl beat until stiff peaks are formed:
6 organic egg whites
1 T demerara sugar
Turn on your waffle iron so it's ready to go. Combine the dry ingredients with the egg yolk mixture until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in the egg white mixture. There is a fine line here when mixing the whites in - they should be fully incorporated but not allowed to fully deflate. However, not mixing them enough will result in almost a meringue like texture. The batter should be fluffy - but not "gloppy" as den says.
Pour batter into the waffle iron to fill each mold about half way - this you will have to judge by your own waffle iron. Pull them out gently with a fork when the timer dings and keep them warm in the oven at 200F.