I just have to get through one more week before I can go back to my normal schedule. One more week before the Madness ends! Of course I'm talking about college basketball and with every game (there have been at least 2 million in the last month) there is not only the game itself but the recap...the one on TV and the one the mister provides. I don't mind the recap on TV as it usually lasts about 30 seconds and there are always some good clips to watch but the mister's recap tends to go on a bit longer and without any visuals I'm left listening to him tell me every about every single shot that should have gone in and why it didn't and if the kid had only gotten the rebound and if the coach wasn't such an idiot and if the right team had been there in the first place...if, if, if. My ears bleed!
Now what does college hoops have to do with waffles? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Except that one particularly long game day I managed to escape from the Madness long enough to whip up a batch of waffle batter which was extremely important to my well-being. If my evening was going to be ruined with one game after another followed by the mister's regurgitated version, I could at least look forward to a happy morning - one filled with hot crispy-on-the-outside waffles, syrup filled squares and melted butter dripping over the sides...now that is something to look forward to!
Did you pick up on the fact that this waffle batter is made the night before? That's right, because this batter isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill waffle batter - it's made with yeast so it has to have time to rise. Once the batter is made it's covered with plastic wrap and left to sit on the counter overnight and in the morning you're ready to make waffles. So easy even a caveman can do it, but don't let him, he will overfill the waffle maker and you'll have one heckova mess to clean up!
Talking about recipes one day, my Fashionista friend asked me if I had her mom's waffle recipe...she said it was amazing and I would love it! She also said it was a very, very old recipe. When I got home I pulled out my copy of Marion Cunningham's Lost Recipes and looked to see if she had a Raised Waffle recipe - sure enough! And it was the same as Mrs. Millward's! This is what Marion Cunningham wrote:
"This recipe comes from the 1896 Fannie Farmer Cookbook. The Raised Waffle recipe alone could have sold a million copies. Don't make the mistake of thinking this is just another waffle, it isn't. It has won more accolades than any recipe I know, and it deserves them all."
High praise indeed! Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Millward and the Fashionista all have excellent taste when it comes to taste...these are by far the best waffles you will ever eat - make them soon, maybe even for Easter! They're worthy of breakfast on a high holy day, like the Final Four Championships, too!!
Raised Waffles - From the Fashionista, Mrs. Millward, Lost Recipes by Marion Cunningham and the 1896 Fannie Farmer Cookbook
1/2 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups milk, warmed
1 stick butter (8 tablespoons) melted (if you want to really kick these up a notch brown the butter first!)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Use a rather large mixing bowl - the batter will rise to double it's original volume. Put the water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes to dissolve. Add the milk, melted butter, salt, sugar, and flour to the yeast mixture and beat until smooth and well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature. Just before cooking the waffles, beat in the eggs, add the baking soda and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very thin. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into a very hot waffle iron (or however much your iron holds). Bake the waffles until they are golden and crisp. This batter will keep well for several days in the refrigerator. You can freeze any left over waffles, wrap them between sheets of waxed paper and then put in a plastic bag, they will keep for two months. Makes about twelve 6-inch waffles.