It was something my family looked forward to on many occasions.
A while ago, in one of my being grateful posts, I mentioned that I had purchased a waffle iron for my dad, as his original favorite died a few years ago. There’s only a few things my dad makes, and waffles happen to be his specialty.
It was pretty much tradition to have waffles after opening presents on Christmas morning, and any other special occasion that happened to fall on the weekend.
Unfortunately, when that one waffle iron died, we couldn’t find a decent replacement that my dad found suitable. He is very particular about his waffles, let me tell you.
When we moved down here and started visiting my parents regularly, I knew something was missing. After a bit of searching on Amazon, I found that they still made his old waffle iron. After confirmation with him, my mom and I purchased it as a Father’s Day present. I’m happy to say almost every visit involves Saturday waffles!
After that post, a few of you expressed interest in the recipe, so I am here to deliver!
Before I go on, I know waffles don’t fit the traditional meaning of a meal, so just go with me on this one =).
Frugal Meal – Waffles
This isn’t a secret family recipe or anything. In fact, it comes straight out of a very old cookbook that my parents have had forever. Really! The pages are yellowed and the pictures are in black and white.
The great thing about this is you’ll have plenty of leftovers depending on the size of your family. We estimate about 5 full 9″ waffles, if your waffle iron is similar to the one in the picture (which is the one my dad uses). I can usually only eat half of what is pictured; they’re pretty filling.
The grids are deeper than the one I have, and I’m sorry to say I haven’t tried this recipe with mine. If I do, I’ll be sure to update this. It might be a good plan for the weekend, considering I won’t be visiting my parents for the rest of the month!
The ingredients are as follows:
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 ¾ cups milk
- ½ cup cooking oil (we use vegetable)
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on the fastest setting until they peak (meaning if you take the beaters out, it won’t drip). Then, add in the sugar while still beating for another 30-40 seconds. Lastly, add in the vanilla. At this point, the egg whites should be pretty firm.
2. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, milk, cooking oil, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt all at once! Keep beating until slightly lumpy.
3. At this point, if you want to add in cinnamon, do so before folding.
4. Fold egg whites into the other mixture carefully. This can be done on the lowest speed setting, or you can use a spatula or whisk.
5. Leave a few fluffs of egg white – don’t over-mix.
6. Lightly grease your waffle maker and preheat it.
7. Pour the batter onto the grids of the waffle iron slowly. You don’t need to cover the entire thing as the waffles will expand! You’ll know if you went a little overboard as the mixture will leak out the sides.
8. Let the waffles bake in there fully. How much time it takes might depend on your waffle iron. My dad said once steam stops coming out, they’re ready.
9. Take the waffles out and enjoy!!
To make it a true “meal,” consider having these easy sides with your waffle:
- Scrambled eggs
- Hash browns
And there you have it, a very simple and quick breakfast. Of course, you can always use this to have “breakfast for dinner,” which is one of my favorite things to do. If you give this recipe a try, be sure to tell me how it went!
A note: My dad prefers the square irons over the belgian ones. He tried this recipe with a belgian waffle iron before, and it didn’t come out quite the same, since the grids are much deeper. This was before he added baking soda to the recipe, though. With that addition, the batter should rise more, resolving the issue. But I can’t guarantee results!
If you’re looking for a waffle iron, I’d suggest the one my dad has faithfully been using for many years: it’s by Black & Decker (affiliate). You can reverse the griddles, too, so you have waffle grids and a flat side! Pretty neat, in case you’re in a pancake or french toast mood.