I had a bit of a spree at the local Target the other day. There are some small appliances I did not have, believe it or not. Like a waffle iron. And a handheld electric mixer. I use my big KitchenAid stand mixer nearly every day, but there are times I miss the old handheld. My daughter wanted to make a cake with some 7 minute frosting the other day, which requires mixing the stuff up over the double boiler. Can’t do that with the KitchenAid, as near as I know! Mashed potatoes are the other time I miss the simpler handheld mixer, since I dirty up another big bowl when I use the KitchenAid.
The waffle iron was an impulse buy, I admit it. I like waffles. I make pancakes a LOT, because they’re easy, cheap, and the kids love them. Plus, I can throw leftovers in the freezer and pop them in the toaster for a quick weekday meal. But they’re not waffles. And the waffle iron was only $8, so hardly a huge splurge. Of course, it makes one serving of waffles at a time, which is a pain the neck when you’re feeding too many.
I saw a recipe for raised waffles in Marion Cunningham’s Lost Recipes, which I was thumbing through when I was reminded of the vinegar chicken the other night. The recipes calls for you mixing up the batter, minus eggs and baking soda, then letting it sit overnight. It was nearly identical to the recipe that came with the iron, except it had you mixing it all up together and then refrigerating it overnight, rather than covering it up and leaving it out on the counter overnight. Either way, it’s a nice way to have most of the work done before breakfast. I suspect the result is perhaps not all that different, but I didn’t see the “add the eggs and refrigerate” version until this morning, so here’s what I did:
Updated to add that the recipe for the overnight waffles is here.
The batter is very thin. It cooks up fairly lightly. I’m not sure how to compare it to other waffles since we don’t have them very often. You could keep the batter in the erefrigerator for a few days. But I opted to cook it all up and then just freeze the leftovers.