Growing up, Sundays meant one thing: waffle day! Saturday was often a work day, selling our produce at the Farmer's Market in the spring, summer and fall, but Sunday was a lazy day, a day to gorge ourselves on berries and cream and yeast waffles that my father cooked using a special, old-fangled waffle iron designed to fit over the fire box of our wood burning cook stove. The cream was heavy and flavored only with vanilla, the fruit whatever was in season--strawberries, raspberries, and the odd tayberry, loganberry or wild blackberry.

This Sunday, Alex and I put the fancy, electric, non-stick waffle iron we scored from his dad's place to use making a batch of waffles on our own. Not quite as good as when my father makes them, and I think they could do with just a touch of woodsmoke for flavoring, but pretty dang tasty nonetheless! Below is the recipe, as relayed to me by my dear old dad, if anyone would like to give them a try.

Raised Whole Wheat Waffles

1/2 c. lukewarm water
1 Tbsp. yeast
2 c. lukewarm milk
1/4 c. melted butter or oil
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Place water and yeast in large bowl and let stand 5 min. Add milk, butter or oil, salt and sugar. Beat in flour and eggs, do not over-beat. Batter will be thin. Set in a warm place until it just begins to rise, about 15 min. Cook in a preheated, oiled waffle iron.

If you don't have whole wheat pastry flour, you can use all purpose flour. Maybe use just a little more and be very careful not to over-beat it. The waffle iron temperature is very important. Too cool and it will stick. Too hot and it will burn and stick. The batter should sizzle nicely and begin to bubble as soon as it hits the iron. A little butter works well to oil the iron.

Good luck. I haven't made these for a while. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them.



Alyssa said...

Oh this post looks ridiculously delicious. Thanks for sharing... I think. I'm really hungry for desserts now.

Anonymous said...

these look delicious! i'm getting hungry just looking at the pics!

love how you've put your dad's note on here word for word, reminds me how much i love getting little notes/texts from my parents when i'm far away from them :)


Clare said...

They look so delicious... Dare I dig out my waffle iron? I think it would lead to many extra pounds upon my waistline...

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Love_Again said...

oh my! it has been far too long since i last ate waffles.

Suzy said...

aww, you left in the "Love, Dad"?! ouch MY heart, dude!!

p.s. i love this post, even though i had to double take which blog i had clicked on when i first scrolled the photos. more!

La LucIoLe said...

Look delicious...
Pictures and posts are really cool on your blog. I like to read things like that.

Sorry for my english, it's so bad!

See you soon,

Cocoon said...

Your childhood sounds lovely.
Where did you grow up?

My CoCoon Vintage

Anonymous said...

delicious post.
first strawberrys of the year


Ringo, have a banana! said...

Glad you guys like the photos! I really want to start writing a bit more about food on here, since, besides shoes (and my family and stuff ahah) food is pretty much the thing I care most about!

Cocoon: I grew up on a very small island in NW Washington State, where we have no paved roads or central electricity system. My parents run a small organic farm where we grow all sorts of vegetables, fruits and flowers, both for ourselves and for sale at local farmers markets. It's really wonderful to have such a remote, beautiful place to escape to every once in a while, even if I only get to make it home twice a year if I'm lucky!

Casual Trousers said...

Omg this looks amazing! Luv waffles!

Lainey said...

ok, so I've been craving a waffle maker for awhile now. But seeing this post has heightened that craving even more. Looks so amazing.