I’m a carb monster, so breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things, ever. Alas, my husband cries foul on the dodgy nutrition, so I took advantage of his absence last night and tried a new recipe for waffles. It’s part of a series of “genius” recipes they’re spotlighting at Food 52, and which I’m watching with interest given it included my go-to pasta sauce, Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter (I don’t even like onion!) Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffles of Insane Greatness are easy to make, smell amazing while cooking, and are utterly devourable. We didn’t have a crumb left.
For better nutrition, I did serve the waffles with sliced strawberries and cucumbers, kale roasted with olive oil and salt (yeah, the kids wanted nothing to do with this), and a Black and Blue (berry) smoothie with silken tofu.
Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffles of Insane Greatness by Genius Recipes at Food 52
This recipe (originally from Aretha Frankenstein’s restaurant in Chattanooga, TN) is the ideal I-just-woke-up-from-a-waffle-dream waffle, a morning-of alternative to the overnight yeasted kind. The cornstarch in the batter helps tamp down gluten formation, making these waffles silky and moist inside with a crust as thin and crisp as an eggshell.
* 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 (or a combination)
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
* 1 egg
* 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Butter and pure maple syrup, for serving
1. 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.
2. Heat a waffle iron. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and pure maple syrup or hold in a 200 degree oven, directly on the rack (don’t stack them or they’ll get soggy). These also reheat very well in the toaster.