Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Whole Wheat "Waffles of Insane Greatness"

"Waffles of Insane Greatness".

Isn't that a fabulous name? It sucked me in.

As I might have mentioned before, we like to have breakfast for dinner on Friday nights. We love waffles, and I'm always on the lookout for new recipes to try. And so, when I got sucked into this recipe, I was way excited. I mean, I do try to keep my expectations in check when trying new recipes, but it was so hard not to expect all sorts of awesome when something has a name like "Waffles of Insane Greatness".

And here's the thing. They were kind of insanely great. At first, we weren't that impressed. I don't know why, but our initial reaction was "well, these are yummy, but not insanely so". But as we kept eating, they took on this addictive quality. Insane greatness that kind of sneaks up on you... does that sound possible? Well, even if it doesn't sound possible, it's true.

I first heard about this recipe from Molly Wizenberg of Orangette (whom I adore, by the way). As far as I can tell, though, the original recipe is from Aretha Frankenstein's restaurant in Chatanooga, TN, featured by Food Network. I made two changes: I doubled the recipe, and I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour. They turned out so great! The original recipe calls for either whole milk or buttermilk, but when you're using whole wheat flour, I think it's important to use the buttermilk, for the sake of yummy-ness. I also love that this recipe doesn't require the separation and whipping of egg whites, yet still comes out crispy. Bonus!

Waffles of Insane Greatness
ever so slightly adapted from Food Network

1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. sugar
2 c. buttermilk
2/3 c. canola or vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and gently whisk until just combined. Let set for 30 minutes before cooking according to the directions for your waffle iron. *DO NOT USE NON-STICK SPRAY if your waffle iron is non-stick already. It will cause your waffles to be floppy.

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