This waffle recipe is easy. You will never want frozen waffles again!
I have never had it fail and I have made it at least 50 times. I always make one extra set of the dry ingredients which I set aside in a large zip lock bag. I label the outside of that ziplock well and then inside in a small separate plastic bag I put a note card with the wet ingredients to add. This way me or my husband can whip up a batch quick.
Effort to make 1 batch – 10 minutes plus time to cook the waffles. To cook a full batch allocate 30 minutes. I love my waffle iron which came from William Sonoma. It does not have any bells and whistles but it does the job well. The only choice is the doneness setting. Usually I cook on setting 2 (out of 10).
Before starting the mixing, turn on your waffle iron, and put the butter in the microwave and set aside to cool.
2 cups of all-purpose flour (dry)
1/2 teaspoon salt (dry)
2 tablespoons of sugar (dry)
3 teaspoons of baking powder (dry) (underlined to make sure you measure this precisely and that you use powder not soda).
1 1/2 cups of milk
4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick of butter melted and cooled – I use the microwave cutting the butter into a few pieces before setting it to 40 seconds.
1 teaspoon of good vanilla extract (worth adding but is labelled optional in Bittman’s recipe)
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl mix the eggs into the milk (I usually separately scramble the eggs before mixing with the milk).
Add to the smaller bowl the cooled butter and vanilla if using.
Add the wet smaller bowl to the dry ingredients and stir until mixed well but not obsessively well.
If the mixture is dry add a little more milk but if you measured correctly additional milk should not be necessary.
Spread batter into center of your waffle iron (using a large spoon, poured from a measuring bowl, or using a ladle).
Bake until waffle is done 3-5 minutes – my waffle iron beeps and turns green when done. There is no guesswork.
Carefully peel waffle off iron and pour in more batter until done.
I like to lay the done waffles on a cooling rack to keep crisp and get air below the waffle. If I am serving a few minutes later I reheat on a cooling rack laid on top of a cookie sheet.
Once cooled I freeze all leftovers in a freezer bag. They last well in the freezer for at least 2 months. I have not tried longer.
I defrost the night before if I remember and then just place in the toaster in the morning. Even without defrosting one toast or a preheated toaster at 325 for 5-10 minutes warms the waffle right up.
This recipe is super easy and doubles perfectly. I almost always make a double batch if I have time and freeze as many as possible.
DO NOT MAKE THE BATTER THE DAY BEFORE THINKING YOU WILL SAVE TIME IN THE MORNING. Results will be sub-par. If you need to save time, set aside the combined dry ingredients the night before on your counter and pre-measure the milk and vanilla and leave those two ingredients in the fridge. Then cut your butter and place in the bowl you will put into the microwave but return the butter back to the fridge as well. This will save you 5 minutes out the 10-15 minutes it takes to make the whole batter start to finish.
If you have a kid helper, ask them to measure all the dry ingredients and place in the bowl. Ask them to help stir the wet ingredients as well.