Waffles may seem like they are too complicated to make for an everyday breakfast, but in fact they are easy. Waffles are traditional square-shaped breakfast cakes, but they don't have to be served just at breakfast. You can add fruit or confectioner's sugar to make your waffles even more delicious. Here's how to make waffles:
You could use a box waffle mix, following the directions on the box. Homemade batter requires the following:
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups four
- 1 and half cups milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2-5 tablespoons melted butter (more for crispier waffles, or less for cake-like waffles)
- Toppings of your choice
Purchase a waffle iron: Modern waffle irons include many useful features, unlike older ones meant to be used on the stovetop. Just plug it in, and it will tell you when the temperature is correct for making waffles.
Make waffle batter: You can use a boxed mix, or make your batter from scratch, which is actually quite easy. If you’re using a boxed mix, just follow the instructions on the box. To make your own: Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Then beat the egg whites and butter in another bowl, adding the milk once you’re done. Now, beat the egg whites until they’re creamy, and pour them into the dry ingredients. Now, mix everything together. The batter may be a little lumpy, but be sure there are no large clumps of dry ingredients. Don’t over-mix, or the batter may not turn out right. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before making the waffles.
Pour batter into waffle iron: Measure a cup of batter into the bottom side of your waffle iron. Be sure not to overfill it, or batter will run out of the waffle iron, burn onto the sides, and make a huge mess. Keep in mind that the batter will expand as it cooks. Once you’ve poured the batter in, close the lid to let the waffle cook.
Cook the waffle: Many newer waffle irons have a timer or sensor to let you know when the waffle is done. Otherwise, wait until steam no longer comes out of the waffle iron, or until the waffle is light brown and slightly crisp. Be sure to watch it carefully, or your waffles will burn; the cooking process takes only a few minutes.
Remove the waffle. Don’t use your fingers, because the waffle will be very hot. Also, it may be a little stuck to the sides. A fork works well for removing your waffle from the waffle iron.
Serve your creation: You can serve waffles with butter, maple syrup, jam, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, whip cream, or any other sweet topping! For dessert, you can even serve them with ice cream and chocolate syrup. If you’re making waffles for a group, try a topping bar so that everyone can pick their toppings. You should serve them right away, when they’re still warm.
Waffles may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make yourself. Surprise your guests or your family by making delicious waffles at home.