Best Waffles Season 1 Round 1

Best Waffles Season 1 Round 1

two belgian waffles
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Crispy on the outside, light and airy on the inside, buttery flavor, doused in maple syrup.  Is your mouth watering yet?  Every Wednesday is Waffle Wednesday in our house.  While we may not have waffles every week, we generally have breakfast for dinner.  It was a life-saver when our oldest was around 4 years old.  He was a very picky eater and everyone got tired of the dinnertime fight.  We compromised with healthy foods most nights, but a break with breakfast foods on Wednesday.  Eating waffles so often means we need the best waffle recipe.  Here’s the first four recipes in this tournament.

Review the guidelines for every tournament.

Round 1 Round-up

Buns in my Oven created The Very Best Waffles marked by blue.

Joy Food Sunshine created Best Waffles Recipe marked by red.

The Mommy Mouse Clubhouse created Sweet Cream Waffles marked by green.

Recipes of Holly created Crispy Belgian Waffles marked by yellow.

Recipe Review

Buns in My Oven recipe added cinnamon and nutmeg in the batter.  These ingredients were very noticeable in the final product.  The waffles were crispy and the buttermilk was a good combo with the sweet.

Joy Food Sunshine also called for cinnamon. Applesauce was another ingredient.  This applesauce made the final waffles a little chewy, not as crisp.  

The Mommy Mouse Clubhouse recipe called for malted milk and heavy cream.  These aren’t ingredients I typically have on hand, but I recommend purchasing them for this recipe.  The recipe also called for 1 tablespoon of vanilla, quite a bit more than usual.

Recipes of Holly called for cornstarch as well as baking powder and baking soda.  These were very light, but not as much flavor.

Tools Needed

This is my favorite waffle iron.  I use it all the time.  It cooks two waffles at the same time, gives the deep pockets to hold syrup and bakes with a crispy crust, with the right recipe.  I’ve used plenty of other waffle irons in the past, but I gave them all away when I found this one.

I also use this nifty whisk to whip my egg whites.  It’s just one dish to wash, instead of two beaters for my hand mixers.  I also don’t have to be right next to a plug.  I only use this tool for whisking egg whites, so if you don’t whisk a lot of egg whites, just use a regular whisk or fork.  This tool just saves time (and dishes).

Measuring cups and spoons, and mixing bowls are the last tools you’ll need.

The one recipe calls for malted milk, I had never heard of this, but you can find it at some local grocery stores.

 

Tips and Tricks

Waffle batter is a lot like pancake batter, you don’t want to overmix.  The batter is fully incorporated when there aren’t streaks of flour.  There will and should be some chunks of flour, the batter shouldn’t be smooth.

Some recipes call for eggs to be separated, separate them. 

If a recipe calls for melted butter, allow it to cool for a bit before adding the other ingredients, if you add eggs to hot butter you can scramble the eggs and change the texture.

Round 1 Winner

waffles and berries

The Mommy Mouse Clubhouse Sweet Cream Waffles was the winner this round.  The outside was extra crispy and the inside was light with a fantastic flavor.  My husband said he’d bet $20 that these waffles win the whole tournament.  That statement disqualified him from judging the final round.

Check in on round 2 and 3 and the final round.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?  What waffle recipe did you like best?

Share your creations on social media with #whopinneditbest.  Follow the fun with the emails.

Anne Banks

Wife, mom, baker, runner (I run because I bake). I love testing new recipes and having friends and family join us in our home for great times and good food!

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