Most mornings we’re running opposite directions and I’ll admit breakfast typically consists of coffee. But on the weekends, we try to slow things down a bit. These crisp, golden waffles with warm maple syrup, fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar are a perfect way to savor the time.
Waffles have long been a brunch favorite in our family, but not the “out of the freezer, pop it in the toaster” kind of waffle. Making waffles from scratch is not difficult and the taste and aroma are amazing. The ingredients are similar to a basic pancake batter, but through the years we’ve tried many recipes and most seemed to be a bit bland. The addition of pure vanilla extract and cinnamon turn up the warmth on this classic breakfast quick bread.
The same tricks for success with pancakes need to be heeded when making waffles. A light hand with the batter will prevent the waffles from becoming tough, so be sure not to overstir. Letting the batter rest for 10-15 minutes before pouring it onto your waffle make creates a light waffle with that crisp exterior.
Quick to make and a wonderful addition to your weekend!
Cinnamon Scented Waffles
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
1-1/2 cup milk
1 cup half and half
¾ cup vegetable oil
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, kosher salt, sugar and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, half-and-half and vegetable oil, blending until combined.
Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk just until mixed together. It’s okay if there are a few lumps remaining. Let the waffle batter rest for 10-15 minutes.
Heat a waffle iron on medium heat; brush very lightly with vegetable oil if it is not non-stick. Ladle about ¼ cup batter into each section.
Cook the waffles for about 3-4 minutes or until golden and crispy. Most waffle irons have a preset timer so the “chirp” will let you know they’re ready to eat!
Serve hot with butter (or peanut butter which is also quite good!) and warm maple syrup!