Friday, November 8, 2013

A Real Recipe: Yogurt Waffles

Is this a ‘real’ recipe?  As many times as my family has asked me this, I still wonder what they mean.  What makes a recipe ‘real’ versus ‘fake’? Does a ‘fake’ recipe even exist?  Is being real defined as in The Velveteen Rabbit, being loved so much that it hurts?  I don’t think so.

A ‘real’ recipe is
“a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required”. I would add that this should result in a recognizable, edible dish.  With that definition, I suppose, sometimes my recipes aren’t real.  I think what my family means is did I follow a written recipe, or did I make one up, or did I change one significantly.  In my mind, any of those options is still a ‘real’ recipe.

So, here is a real recipe for Yogurt Waffles.  As I often do, I adapted this recipe to use what I had on hand.  The original recipe was posted by my friend Kathy at 9PeasMom.  She used  buttermilk, self-rising flour, and chocolate chips.  

I had some peach yogurt I wanted to use up, don’t buy self-rising flour, and chose to omit the chocolate chips.  I also reduced the sugar since the yogurt had sweetener.  I wanted to have enough leftover to freeze, so my recipe doubled the original recipe.

Hence, Kathy’s real recipe for Chocolate Chip Waffles became my real recipe for Peach Yogurt Waffles.  You can’t go wrong by making either recipe or adapting it to suit you.

When cooking, as with many things in life, don’t be afraid to try new things and be adventurous.  You might make a new ‘real’ recipe that your family loves.  

belgian waffles

YOGURT PEACH WAFFLES

3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
½ cup sugar
4 eggs
2 ½ cups peach yogurt (or any flavor/plain), can supplement with buttermilk
6 TBSP melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg

Mix all ingredients with electric mixer. Bake in prepared waffle iron according to your waffle iron’s directions.  Yield:  approximately 10 Belgian Waffles or more regular waffles

Follow Kathy’s advice for cooling waffles on a cooling rack to keep them from becoming soggy.

We like to serve waffles with whipped cream and fruit or fruit syrup.  

Around here, my husband is usually the waffle chef.  The recipe he likes to use involves yeast and lots of time.  I prefer something that can be mixed up and cooked right away.

This is somewhat off-topic, but did you know you can cook ‘scrambled’ eggs in your waffle iron?  Mix up the egg mixture and put in your hot waffle iron.  As long as the iron is sufficiently greased, the result is waffled eggs!

Since a waffle iron is basically a closed-up griddle, there are many things you can cook with it.

Be adventurous!

Happy waffling!
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