I know, I know, it's not even winter yet but I'm in the mood for something springy today. Maybe it's because it was 32 degrees when I left the house this morning. Or maybe it's because I had my snow tires put on today. Or even maybe it's because my hands are freezing as I type this. Whatever the reason, I have a good waffle recipe to share with you.
The recipe I used comes from Emeril Lagasse via Food Network. Since their break-up, I wonder how long his recipes will be on their site - I hope for a while since I know there are lots that I haven't tried that I want to. I really love his recipes most of the time - they seem to work well and have a lot of flavor. I hope you'll give this one a try -- it's a keeper.
Classic Belgian Waffles
(from Emeril Lagasse via Food Network)
- 2 cups cake flour (I used regular flour)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups milk
- non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix! Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer's instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.