Best Waffles Season 1, Round 2
Whoever invented the waffle iron should be declared a saint, a breakfast bread with pockets for holding syrup! Those pockets also hold berries very well. The best waffles are crispy on the outside, soft and airy on the inside. The blend of textures is what makes waffles a favorite around here, and why we named a day for them, Waffle Wednesday. These four recipes will compete for the chance to compete again in the final round for Best Waffles.
Meet the Contestants
Butter With A Side Of Bread calls for cornstarch with the flour. This is essentially cake flour. It’s a very soft final waffle. The eggs are separated and the whites are whisked until foamy. This also gives height and air to the final product. The recipe makes just a few waffles, feel free to double or even triple based on how many you are serving.
Dinner Then Dessert calls for all baking powder, not baking soda. The baking powder reacts differently than the baking soda, and because there isn’t a lot of acid (vinegar, buttermilk, etc.), use the baking powder. Eggs are separated in this recipe, and the whites need to be whipped until stiff, but don’t go too far, you don’t want them to look grainy, just smooth and shiny. When you incorporate the egg whites make sure you just fold them in, you don’t want to remove the air you just whisked in.
Pumpkin N’ Spice is also all baking powder. Sometimes baking powder can have a bit of a metallic aftertaste, if you notice this, look for an aluminum free baking powder. There is quite a bit more butter in this recipe than others, it give great flavor, I wouldn’t ever skimp on butter. The eggs don’t have to be separated. One other note, the recipe calls for vanilla bean paste. I bought some specifically for this recipe, but because vanilla is so expensive, use what you have on hand.
Grace and Good Eats in another basic waffle recipe, almost exactly the same as Pumpkin N’ Spice. When combining dry and wet ingredients, avoid overmixing, to much mixing develops the gluten in the flour and causes the final product to be chewy.
A waffle requires just a few basic kitchen tools. In round 1 I mentioned my favorite waffle iron. It has deep grooves for big pockets to hold fantastic syrup.
I use my favorite whisk, pyrex glass measuring cup, and stainless steel bowls to make all the recipes. At the Prepared Pantry you can take $5 off your first order with the code TAKE5OFF. I don’t use a spatula to combine dry and wet ingredients because I want to keep as much air in as possible. Don’t overmix the batter, just gently fold until the flour is generally incorporated, this is one place lumps are a good thing!
My oldest’s favorite on Waffle Wednesday is the syrup. I usually buy pure maple syrup at the grocery store, but sometimes I’ll splurge on fun flavors. I found these great syrups and I can’t wait to try a few of them like Strawberry and Rhubarb Honey, or Peach Honey (peaches are my favorite!). Keep the waffle recipe the same and change the syrup for a flavor to match the season (cinnamon, pumpkin, lemon, etc.).
Round 2 Best Waffle Winner
Butter With A Side Of Bread won the round 2 competition. The softness from the cornstarch created a great texture. Syrup didn’t soak in too fast, and the flavor of the waffle would pair well with any syrup or berry combination.
My father-in-law loves whipped cream on his waffles, this is a bit over-the-top for me. I can actually just use berries on the top of my waffles. What do you like to top your waffles with? Share your waffle toppings in the comments below, and on social media with #whopinneditbest.
Check out Round 1 and Round 3. Make sure you find out who won the whole best waffle tournament.
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