Monday, October 25, 2010

Quick and Easy Waffles

This is how they looked this summer...slimmer now!
It's been a long weekend!
Waking up Saturday morning to the sound of the little voices of my two grandchildren, and the  Chihuahuas,Luigi and Stella... the smell of fresh home made waffles. How can anyone not want to be a part of that. Did I mention the glorious Caffe Latte too? I feel compelled to brag about the waffle iron that the wonderful waffles were made in, because while my family was vacationing in Italy this summer I was house and dog sitting, so every chance I got I stopped at Goodwill nearby to see what treasures I can find. I did find this waffle iron, still brand new with the warranty book in the box, at $5.99, retail price starting at $17.99 and up.
Also, found this cookbook that I've always been wanting to buy...this paperback was also like brand new, just tucked away with all the other books, that I happen to spot. Paperback books of any kind, any size cost...are you ready for this? $.79...seventy nine cents...holy, moly! The hardback, which is the same exact size, costs. $ kidding! The recipe for the waffles is in this book, and I'm so grateful that my daughter found it useful enough to constantly want to make homemade waffles, and homemade pancakes, also any kind of good and basic recipes that are found in the wonderful "bible" of a cookbook....and mom could not be happier than to find a gift that keeps on giving, for way under $10.00. Now, that's what I call THRIFTING!
Recipe for the waffles from How to Cook Everything
Quick and Easy Waffles
Canola or other neutral oil for brushing waffle iron
(we use cooking spray)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
4 Tbsp.  (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract Brush the waffle iron lightly with oil and plug in to heat it. Combine the dry ingredients. Mix together the milk and eggs. (If you have time, separate the eggs and beat the whites.)
Stir in the cooled melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. If the mixture seems too thick, add a little more milk. Spread a ladleful or so of batter unto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your waffle iron. Serve immediately, or keep warm for a few minutes in a low temperature oven. Serves 4 to 6.
note, from Elisabeth:
You should use up the whole batch, even if you don't need it, because you can freeze waffles real nice, in a freezable baggie, and take it out to heat up in the microwave or in a toaster, or toaster oven. This is what I do, and never have to buy the frozen kind from the store. It tastes even better, when frozen, and toasted.
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  1. Waking up to the smell of breakfast cooking is truly a glorious way! Love your thrifty finds, I'm never that lucky though :o)

  2. Wow waffles topped with nutella i never say no..Beautiful looking waffles..

  3. Oh wow! Great deals! And lovely food as a result. Such cute pups!

  4. 79 cents? What a great deal!!! And my family would love your waffles :)

  5. Next on my wish list is a waffle iron 'cause I love waffles soo much. And I like easy recipes like this one. Thanks for sharing!

  6. wow! believe it or not... after all these years of cooking I am yet to make the good ol' waffle... thanks for the reminder... and a perfect one at that :)

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  7. Your post reminds me of when I was a kid. Sunday morning breakfasts were always special, and oftentimes my mother made home made waffles for our breakfast. They were wonderful, to say the least. I don't think I've had a home make waffle since.

  8. I need to start shopping with you, you find the best deals! I just love Stella & Luigi and homemade waffles! Anytime you need a house guest, I'm available! He He

  9. Homemade waffles are the best. I like making my own toppings as well.

  10. What a great deal! I love checking out the used book stores for new cookbooks. Sometimes you find such cool treasures!

  11. Wow Elisabeth lovely recipe.
    Your pups looks superb. I never gave it a thought on how waffles are made. Love to have them though :) I am all time ready for quick and easy recipes with least ingredients ;)

  12. Yu, homemade waffles. I read Mark Bittman's page in the NY Times, would you recommend his book?

  13. I love waffles, a good book, and goodwill :)

  14. Cute doggies! :)

    Oh I love waffles but don't get to have them that often - I really should buy a waffle maker!

    Good shopping finds too.

  15. i like waffle but puppys more:)
    and in Turkey cookbooks r really expensive, u r lucky, or good dealer:)