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The Family Waffle

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Author Notes

Growing up, waffles were a special-occasion treat, the kind of breakfast that made my mom sigh (waffle iron, batter spills, over-sugared kids) and my dad smile with glee (strawberries, whipped cream, truly living). In this way, my marriage is similar: I am for a simpler, saner, healthier morning. András is for waffles. Always for waffles.

Just like my mom, my solution is making him our resident waffle chef. For as many Sundays as I can remember, he’s pulled out the Belgian waffle iron and stood at the counter with the kids mixing milk and eggs and flour into batter.

In the end I couldn’t resist joining in, tweaking our go-to waffle into something lighter, but still wholesome and sustaining. What emerged is an easy waffle that’s crispy outside, airy and moist inside, and every bit good for you while still tasting like that old favorite from weekends as a kid.

Our waffle isn’t the family waffle unless it’s loaded to the nines with yogurt (instead of whipped cream), berries, fried eggs, and maple syrup. Sounds crazy, right? But trust me, the maple and egg yolk mingle, and it’s so very good.

Reprinted from Every Day Is Saturday by Sarah Copeland with permission by Chronicle Books, 2019.Sarah Copeland | @edibleliving

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is shared in partnership with Milk. —The Editors

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Makes 4 belgian waffles
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups (235 g) gluten-free flour blend or (210 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) real milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable oil, plus more for the waffle iron
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Plain yogurt (optional) and fresh berries (or any fruit), for serving
  • 4 eggs, fried, for serving (optional)
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat a waffle iron (we like a Belgian waffle maker, but any will work). Whisk together the flour, quinoa, chia seeds, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. When your waffle iron is hot and ready to use, stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined; the batter will be loose, the consistency of heavy cream.
  2. Spray or brush the waffle iron very lightly with oil. (If your waffle iron is seasoned or nonstick, you should only need to do this once before you begin, not between every waffle, which makes them taste greasy.) Ladle 1 heaping cup (240 ml) of the batter into the waffle iron and cook until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Set aside on a rack while you cook the remaining waffles to keep them crispy (stacking will make them steam and get soggy). Serve the waffles warm with berries, a dollop of yogurt or a fried egg (if desired), and a drizzle of maple syrup, or anything else you desire.
  3. Keep prepared batter in the refrigerator, covered, up to overnight. Or bake the waffles, cool, and freeze them in batches of two in large resealable freezer bags. To eat, bring to room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes, and toast to warm through. If you are making them fresh to order, you should know—as my kids and guests do—that waffle cooking is a one-by-one affair; everyone is allowed to eat their waffle hot and fresh off the press, when they’re best, while the rest cook.

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