Guys! I have gotten SO brave! You want to know how brave? Check it out:
Mind you this required no bravery on Alex’s part. She is totally capable and confident. Most school mornings she now makes her own scrambled eggs. On the stovetop, start to finish, with shredded cheddar cheese all by her lonesome. And the other night when we had breakfast for dinner, she flipped the sausage and was entirely in charge of the waffle iron. The waffle iron scares me, but it does not scare her. The only thing that makes her nervous is spitting oil or fat. We made the waffle batter together, but she ladled all of the batter into the iron and removed the waffles herself. While I stood nearby. There might have been hand wringing.
I am not sure whom I am more proud of. Her for doing it or me for relaxing enough to let her!
Alex informed me she wanted “regular” waffles, after rejecting spiced pumpkin, gingerbread, and even almond variations. I landed on this waffle recipe at 101 Cookbooks and immediately knew it was the one. I loved the sour cream in it, and I loved that it was rich with dairy and full of eggs, because I planned to make extra and serve them for breakfast, and it is always a challenge getting enough calories that stick (as opposed to carbs that have nothing but sugar and starch) into my kids on school mornings. Because I planned to serve them for weekday breakfasts, I also subbed in some white whole wheat flour, which in turn led me to sub in just a tad of potato flour to help lighten the waffles. And also because I really prefer light waffles, I beat the eggs for quite a while. Had I been just a tad less lazy, I would have separated the eggs and whipped the egg whites. I am just as glad now that I did not because I think these turned out pretty perfectly as is.
The kids agreed.
A few notes: first, I confess I did it again. I inserted a picture of my kid to distract you from the fact that I never got proper photos of the waffles. Did it work? Second, I recommend doubling this recipe to make toaster waffles for the next few days.
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup AP flour
- ¾ cup minus 1 T white whole wheat flour
- 1 T potato flour
- 1 T baking powder
- ½ t salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup sour cream, full fat
- 1 T sugar
- 8 T (1 stick, 4 oz) unsalted butter, melted
- Salted butter and maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat the waffle iron to a medium high heat according to the iron instructions--for my iron, I preheated to 5 out of 7.
- Place the eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer (you can do this with a hand mixer or rotary beater, it will just be more of a pain). With the whip attachment, begin beating them on medium low speed, gradually increasing the speed until it is on high. Then leave the eggs to beat for 3 minutes.
- While the eggs are whipping, measure out the white whole wheat flour by placing the tablespoon of potato flour into a ¾ cup measuring cup, and then filling the cup the rest of the way with white whole wheat flour. Whisk together the flours, including the potato flour, the baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- When the eggs are pale and thick, add the sour cream and milk, and return the mixture to beating on medium high for another 2 minutes. Beat in the sugar.
- Remove the whip attachment, and with a spatula, gently stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in the melted butter.
- Ladle ¼ cup of batter into each waffle well (this is for a 4 square Belgian waffle iron--obviously if your iron takes more or less batter, adjust accordingly). Cook until the waffle is golden brown--you know your waffle iron best, I usually do not check mine until it has returned to temperature.
- Serve immediately with salted butter and maple syrup.
- These waffles also keep well for a day or 2, in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat carefully (i.e., do not burn) in a toaster.