Sunday, February 6, 2011

waffles for breakfast

We have a weekend morning tradition of waffles or pancakes or french toast that we have carried over from my childhood.  My dad was the master pancake maker, and my kids tell me that my mom's french toast tastes way better than mine, so, that leaves me with waffles to try to make my own.  I've experimented with many recipes and I think we have a keeper that is both healthy-ish and delicious. 

Skyler rinses fruit and makes a fruit salad while Reed and I mix the batter. This weekend, Reed's new remote-control police car was weaving around my feet and Jackson was chasing it and there was a lot of squealing. 

In my imagination, weekend breakfasts are always calm and relaxing.

Here is the waffle recipe that is really working for us:

Ingredients (Alton Brown's recipe)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 whole eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature 
  • (and I add a tablespoon of chia meal too).* 
  • Vegetable spray, for waffle iron

I have a big container of chia meal (ground chia seeds) that I've been using ever since I read Born to Run.  Chia seeds are full of nutritional and medicinal things, most notably, an amazing source of Omega-3.  I put a scoop in just about everything I bake, and always in pancakes or waffles.  It tastes like nothing, really, but adds a nutritional punch.
    The kids love to sit at the table and watch for the light to turn on indicating that the waffles are done.  Look at these golden beauties, hot off the griddle.

    All together now, pictured with the beautiful homemade napkins that my friend Sarah made for me.


    JenniferB said...

    Looks yummy to me. I will have to try your recipe. We have waffles here at least once a week, but we usually have them for dinner. We could eat breakfast for dinner every night in the Boudreau house! Seems to me you are "watching" the SuperBowl the same way I am! :)

    FrauB said...

    We have Waffles & Beer every Friday night (no beer for the little ones, alas). I swear by Bittman's overnight waffles: make them the night before (they have yeast in them) do the eggs right before you make them in the morning. Light and creamy on the inside, crisp on the outside. I've done half and half: white and wheat flour and they turn out great. Yum.

    Sarah said...

    yeay for cute napkins for em's foodie blogging!!!

    Carver Fam said...

    I've never had chia and now I have to get some.

    I am thrilled to have a new waffle recipe. Mind was a little too healthy and made waffles that were too floppy.

    Tiercy said...

    One of my fondest memories of your dad was when we were visiting (in Michigan I think) and I came down early morning and your dad was making blueberry pancakes which smelled so good, and he put his warm hands on the side of my face to greet me with a happy good morning. ( which I think this is why thayer have always been my fav). I can't wait to try this recipe.

    Zoe K said...

    Now I want waffles... But I have NO WAFFLE MAKER. Disaster.