Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Waffles and homemade syrup

Happy Election Day!

Here is an easy and delicious meal to reward yourself for voting. Doesn't everyone love breakfast for dinner? True, this is more like dessert than dinner but it is a reward, right?

I was looking for a waffle recipe and came across this one from Food Network, it is officially named Waffles of Insane Greatness. The name, although silly, intrigued me enough to make them and I think they are acurately named. I am normally a store bought syrup kind of gal but didn't have any on hand so I made my own, it was better than store bought and made the waffles that much better. I doubled the recipe for my family of 6.

Waffles (of insane greatness)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup buttermilk (you can use all milk or all buttermilk instead of half of each)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon maple flavoring

Combine water and sugars in a saucepan and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, reduce heat and then add maple flavoring. Allow to simmer over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.