Our lazy days - no early mornings rushing out to soccer games, no birthday parties, just lots of love, football, roaring fires in the hearth, New York Times and... waffles. If you ask me what are the best waffles I've ever eaten, you will not find me waxing poetic about the street waffles in Brussels or even the some of rather glorious creations at our favorite stops for brunch. No, my sweet husband's waffles hold that esteemed honor. They are ever so slightly crispy on the outside, light and fluffy, and just enough sweetness that they can be consumed with reverence just off the waffle iron.
The recipe, much like his interpretation for pancakes, is slightly modified from the basic waffle recipe found in the tome The Joy of Cooking. He has added a few extra steps and they make ALL the difference in the world. We usually stud about half the batch with chocolate chips and you can do this directly in the waffle iron. Additionally, this recipe is for a double batch; we always double it so that we can freeze leftovers and pull them out in the mornings for a quick breakfast before school. They are pretty crazy delicious fresh from the toaster with a spread of peanut butter - or Nutella (what isn't?)
DEN'S MAGIC WAFFLES
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.
So the "rock n' roll" part of the blogs subtitle? If you've followed me on my blog Nectar & Light or Twitter, you know how much music influences me and how strong of a roll is plays in my life. We almost always play music when we eat, I feel it helps set the mood and encourages lingering over your food and equally delicious conversation. Here on Nectar, I will post playlists of what I was listening to while I cooked, baked - or while we ate. Maybe you will discover something new... maybe you will be inspired to let the muse of song influence you in the kitchen more...
20 Years : The Civil Wars
California Stars: Billy Bragg and Wilco
Coffee in the Morning : Drug Rug
Easy : Faith No More
Follow Me Down : Golden Animals
Frozen Heart : Smoke Fairies
Go Outside : The Cults
Gold Mine Gutted : Bright Eyes
Hide Your Work : The Isles
I And Love And You : The Avett Brothers
Last Goodbye : Jeff Buckley
Little Man : Little Dragon
Rave On : M. Ward
Sunday Morning : The Velvet Underground
The Weight : The Band
Vikings : The Black Angels
We Both Go Down Together : The Decemberists
You can also download this playlist on Spotify.