Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? I know! But here's what happened - I moved into a new apartment a few months ago. One that magically has a dishwasher. Having not had a dishwasher for many years, I thought everything should be given a go in it, to make sure they were actually clean. The mistake, however, was including the Kitchenaid mixer metal attachments. Note to everyone: DO NOT put those in the dishwasher! They will come out with this strange silver film all over them. It's something about aluminum and blah blah. I just assumed they would be stainless steel. WRONG!
Anyway, so the story is this: these attachments have still not been replaced. So the baking being done has been rather limited since that happened a couple months ago. As you can see, this recipe isn't even one that requires baking!
Yes, today I am talking about waffles! I haven't made waffles in some time, mostly because these banana pancakes are super easy and have become something of a tradition on weekends. But this past weekend, I woke up thinking I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do... waffles! However, the waffles I've made in the past have not always lived up to the hype. I love waffles, but my homemade ones have been... well... meh.
I guess it's The Pioneer Woman to the rescue, because these waffles are in fact her recipe, and I can confirm that they are deliciously light and fluffy. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the separating of the eggs and getting some stiff egg white action going on. Also? I had to beat those things by hand. See above re: mixer issues. I would highly recommend using a mixer, my friends. Highly. My arm was not so happy about this whipping by hand situation.
But, yes! If you want a nice, light, fluffy, and sweet waffle recipe, give this a go! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Classic Light and Fluffy Waffles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 whole egg yolks
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
- 4 whole egg whites
- Preheat your waffle iron at its regular setting (mine only has one setting!).
- Sift together (or whisk, which is what I did) the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, and vanilla. Gently stir that into your dry ingredients about halfway, then add in your melted butter. Continue mixing gently until combined.
- In another bowl (or use a mixer, which is easier), beat your egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Carefully fold those into your batter until they are just about all the way mixed in.
- Scoop out your batter into your waffle iron per your individual waffle iron's instructions. Eat, and enjoy!