I asked my husband for a waffle maker for Christmas. He was shocked, and thought it was the most un-romantic gift ever. Which I thought was weird because usually we get each other (drumroll…..) nothing. We’re adults who can buy whatever we need, and a lot of stuff we want, and we all know I spend half my life trying to own less crap.
That said, I got a waffle maker! She’s beautiful.
In our family, I make pancakes, my husband commandeers French Toast, and no one makes waffles because we don’t have a waffle maker. Except now we do, and so for its inaugural run, we graced it with Ina’s overnight Belgian waffles. Do not be scared off by the yeast this recipe calls for. This is not like making bread from scratch (but that’s easy too, see here.) This is a recipe that involves stirring a bunch of stuff you dumped in a bowl, and that’s it. I made this batter after Gooplet went to bed, and kept things moving in the waffle maker while my husband fed him breakfast the next morning. The perfect recipe for us right now.
To make 10 or 12 waffles, you will need:
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
- 1 package (¼ ounce) active dry yeast, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 cups lukewarm whole milk (90 to 100 degrees)
- 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for the waffle iron
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 extra-large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Sliced bananas, toasted coconut, warm maple syrup, and crème fraîche, for serving*
The night before, combine the water, yeast, and sugar in a very large bowl (the batter will expand enormously). Allow it to stand for about 5 minutes, until the yeast dissolves and the mixture has started to foam, which tells you the yeast is active. Stir in the milk, butter, honey, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and whisk until the batter is smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to sit overnight at a cool room temperature.
The next morning, heat a Belgian waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions and brush the top and bottom with melted butter. Beat the eggs together with the baking soda and whisk them into the batter until combined. Pour just enough of the batter onto the hot waffle iron to cover the grids (⅓ to ½ cup each, depending on your waffle maker), close, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat, until the waffles are golden brown. Cut them apart with a small knife, if necessary, and remove them with a fork. Repeat the process until all the batter has been used. Serve the waffles hot with sliced bananas, toasted coconut, maple syrup, and crème fraîche and let everyone help themselves.
*We didn’t use Ina’s fancy toppings, just maple syrup. We get a bottle from friends every year–it’s our favorite.