Giddo's Dream Waffles

By BoBelsea
March 29, 2012
15 Comments


Author Notes: Let me preface this recipe with a story. Several months ago, I awoke from an extremely vivid dream. It was very bizarre. There had been a robbery at my Uncle Sam and Aunt Patty’s house and we were all searching hopelessly through the house for a piece of paper. I had no idea what was on this paper but I knew it was important. We searched for an entire day and at some point we decided to take a break. We were sure these bandits had stolen this piece of paper and the weight of losing it was a burden on us all. I happened to be the last person leaving and when I approached the doorway, he was there! Giddo, my grandfather who passed away when I was six years old, was standing right in front of me, statuesque as ever. His eyes sparkled with his smile and with his huge calloused hands he gave me a piece of paper. It was the same tattered and folded piece of paper for which we had been searching. The entire exchange lasted but seconds before he said he loved us all and, turning around, walked away into the garden. I opened the paper and saw a recipe for waffles. It was a normal batter recipe with the exception of two ingredients: ? cup of Champagne and 1 ½ cups of crème fraiche. I woke up immediately, still remembering the entire dream, and wrote down the recipe.
I could not get over how strange this was. I had no recollection of Giddo making anything other than his famous salad. Why would I have a dream about him and waffles? I called my dad to tell him and, to my surprise, he told me that Giddo made waffles every Sunday! Of course, his two secret ingredients were Bisquick and bacon but I couldn’t help but think that this dream’s recipe had some connection to Giddo. I like to imagine that several lives ago, Giddo was known for his highly secret waffle recipe. Perhaps his soul tried to manifest those famous waffles by making Bisquick waffles and adding tiny bits of bacon to the hot iron before ladling on the batter. Maybe his soul needed to tell me this recipe so we can all remember Giddo and his waffles. Or, let’s be honest, maybe I have the world’s most imaginative sub-conscience.
Of course I had to try to make these to see if they even work but I ran into the dilemma of not owning a waffle iron. When I was home visiting for Christmas, I was determined! I told my family we were having waffles for breakfast on Christmas morning and hoped they would work. My mom had just made some crème fraiche and happened to have the exact amount left over for Giddo’s recipe. Let’s just say, these waffles were a complete success! Here is the recipe, let’s keep this one going for Giddo! I love you all! (and apparently, he still loves us too!)
BoBelsea

Makes: 8-10 waffles

Ingredients

Giddo's Dream Waffles

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups crème fraiche (see recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup melted and slightly browned butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup champagne
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • delicious maple syrup to taste!

Crème Fraiche Recipe

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cultured buttermilk

Directions

Giddo's Dream Waffles

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Set aside and preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the crème fraiche, butter, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the flour and combine. Stir in the Champagne and lemon zest. Feel free to add more Champagne if needed to make it the correct consistency (really thick and gooey).
  3. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook until golden & crisp. Serve immediately.

Crème Fraiche Recipe

  1. Pour both cream and buttermilk into jar. Mix together and leave in a warm spot (about 70-75 degrees F.) for 24 hours, or until thick. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using. Should last a week or two.

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15 Comments

Adelucchi March 15, 2015
Wow! What a dream! Fabulous picture! Can't wait to try the waffles and the mimosas!
 
Author Comment
BoBelsea March 15, 2015
Thanks Adelucchi! Have a great time with the waffles and mimosas!
 
Greenstuff April 4, 2012
What a great story! And the photo is amazing.
 
hardlikearmour March 31, 2012
Amazing - both the dream and the recipe! Plus you automatically get to make mimosas to go with breakfast.
 
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BoBelsea March 30, 2012
Thank you everyone! I will post the salad soon. Happy Cooking!
 
cookinginvictoria March 30, 2012
I love your headnote! What a great dream and story. I too always feel like my grandparents and their cooking are somehow connected to me in the kitchen. Giddo's waffle recipe sounds divine. I love the idea of creme fraiche and champagne in waffles. Hope that you'll post your grandfather's salad recipe too. :)
 
susan G. March 30, 2012
You've made my day! Now to make the waffles....
 
Ileana M. March 30, 2012
I wish I had dreams like this! Also, I'd never heard of putting champagne in a waffle. Interesting!
 
Midge March 30, 2012
Love your story and what a great photo!
 
aargersi March 30, 2012
Wow, that is so cool - the dream, the recipe, all of it. Giddo is for sure still around! Will you post his salad as wel;l?
 
mrslarkin March 30, 2012
What a great dream! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Love the picture, too.
 
drbabs March 30, 2012
Wonderful! (I wish I had a waffle iron.......) Love the headnote and photo!
 
AntoniaJames March 30, 2012
Great looking waffles, and one of the best head notes, ever. (I dream of recipes, too. I think a lot of us do. Mine are never as good as this one, however.) ;o)
 
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BoBelsea March 30, 2012
@AntoniaJames Thank you! This was my very first recipe dream but, if they are all this delicious, I look forward to the next!
 
AntoniaJames March 30, 2012
So do we!! ;o)