Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Celebrate Your Dad or Husband with Martha Stewart's Waffles

Father's Day is nearly here, and Martha Stewart is, as usual, on the ball. She recently shared her Buttermilk Waffle recipe with the folks at the Today Show. Just might be a great addition for a Father's Day brunch this weekend.

"Serve warm with sweet butter and fruit syrups and not only will he feel special, he'll be stuffed."

Buttermilk Waffles
Serves 4 to 6

• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) melted unsalted butter, plus more for waffle iron
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
• 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Grease waffle iron with a small amount of melted butter, and heat. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. Pour into dry mixture, and combine.

3. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into batter.

4. Ladle about 1/3 cup batter onto each section of the waffle grid; spread batter almost to the edges. Close lid, and bake 3 to 5 minutes, until no steam emerges from waffle iron.

5. Transfer cooked waffles to a baking sheet; place in an oven set to low heat, about 200 degrees, while using remaining batter.

Waffle Toppings:
While it may seem difficult to improve upon the traditional combination of sweet butter and maple syrup, the following waffle toppings will not disappoint:

Fruit syrups
Toasted pecans and honey
Light-brown sugar and a squeeze of lime juice Best-quality yogurt and sliced bananas Fresh blueberries and creme fraiche

Photo from MSNBC.

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