Friday, April 5, 2013

Insanely Great Waffles and Easter Weekend



We had a great Easter weekend. We celebrated a few birthdays, dyed eggs, took some pictures in a field of bluebonnets, I baked and cooked til I fell into bed and we had an Easter egg hunt. This was Hayden's second Easter but the first time he was big enough to get involved. I got him a puppy basket and filled eggs with yogurt raisins and m&m's. He also got a new toothbrush and toothpaste which he LOVES. He could brush his teeth all day long if you let him. He had so much fun hunting eggs and crushing cascarones in the backyard, that my aunt and uncle brought over. 

This year for Easter, my grandparents were in town so the family gathered and we had brunch. I made a lemon tart, a strawberry cake, a breakfast casserole, wrapped up Cowboy cookies as favors and whipped up a quintuple batch of these waffles. I usually make yeasted Belgian waffles but these are much quicker to prepare and just as delicious. I made them the night before, froze them, then reheated them in the oven just as the guests arrived. It saved a ton of time and everyone got piping hot waffles. The only thing missing was the fried chicken!  


Waffles of Insane Greatness from Food Network

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately.

Serves 3-4 

NOTE: The waffles will vary in size depending on your waffle maker. I have a Belgian waffle maker that produces thick waffles. This recipe makes 6 squares of waffles. I often double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers for a quick breakfast during the week. 

Buttered Pecan Syrup from Monica H
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a small saucepan, combine pecans, butter and syrup. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Just before serving, stir in vanilla extract. Pour over waffles, pancakes, or ice cream. 

Serves 4







Happy Spring!

16 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

You did it--the bluebonnet photo. Love it. Now let me go back and check out your recipe for those waffles that look mighty good.

Best,
Bonnie

Kalei's Best Friend said...

those waffles are sinful! :-)

Miss C Flash said...

Your waffles would make the perfect weekend breakfast ;-) x

Anonymous said...

What a sweet, lovely picture of you and Hayden. Just in time to frame for Mother's Day. You will always look at it and smile. And good idea for making the waffles ahead of time and reheating in the oven. So time consuming to make them for company in the morning, making guests wait and not being able to really visit with them.

Melissa said...

Such a sweet photo of you and your Son! =)

The waffle recipe sounds awesome!

Denise said...

The waffles look amazing. Hayden is looking more like mama these days I think ?? Anyway, you both look beautiful in and among those Texas bluebells !!

Katie said...

They do look insanly good. Especially with those maple pecans for a bit of crunch. Yum!

bellini said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic Easter with your family Monica. Love the photo amongst the bluebonnets too. I am afraid I had to Google cascarones. I read a news article that said they were limiting it to 10 that can be brought over the border. Now that I have heard of them i will need to watch for them. But lets' not forget the waffles!!

Memoria James said...

Hayden is growing up so fast!! He looks too cute and so do you!! I'm glad you all are doing well and that you had fun with your whole family this Easter. Those waffles sure do look good (well, without the nuts they would look better! haha).

love ya!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

You can never go wrong with waffles! And I adore that photo of you and your boy in the bluebonnets! Precious!

Keeley said...

That's my favorite waffle recipe! My mom would love that buttered pecan syrup... I'm going to surprise her with it.

Rebeca Ardis said...

These really are insanely great!! Thank you for the fantabulous recipe!

Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts said...

Found you via pinterest this morning as I searched for a new waffle recipe. So glad I found you...! This recipe is a keeper!

Valla said...

This syrup is completely amazing! Made Belgian waffles for a brunch buffet with some friends and made the syrup which was an instant hit!
Thanks!
Love from Iceland :)

amydw75 said...

These waffles are delicious. I have never made them with cornstarch like that, but they turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

Unknown said...

Added some fresh blueberries in the mix as well... Delicious!!! Syrup is amazing!!!

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