I have been looking for a waffle recipe that will have a bit of a crunch to it and I finally found one. It came from this vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook. If you don’t happen to have it in your collection, you really should find one on E-bay or your local used bookstore. It is a treasure. Inside you will find basic recipes that are tried and true. Betty Crocker and I go way back. When I was a senior in high school I received the Betty Crocker award. Many things have changed since then, but I am still the same overachiever when it comes to cooking.
In my search for the perfect waffle I tried the recipe that I had read so much about. One that called for separating eggs and using beaten egg whites as well as a stick of melted butter. Thank heavens that it produced a waffle that was as limp as a dish rag. It was way too much trouble to make in the morning when you have starving mouths to feed. So I won’t be using that one again. But, this recipe from Betty Crocker I love it !
Even if you have a great recipe if you don’t have a good waffle iron it could be disastrous. And let’s go a little further. You can have a great waffle iron, but you have know how to use it and take care of it to cook great waffles. One of the most important steps is to season the waffle iron. Before using it the first time brush vegetable oil on both the top and bottom grids. Turn the iron on and let it heat for about 15 minutes. Wipe away the excess oil or just let the first waffle absorb the grease. Then trash the waffle. Unless you make waffles with an ingredient that might stick to the iron, for example cheese, you probably won’t need to season the iron again. I’ve had over industrious students to clean the inside as well as the outside of the iron. If that happens you will definitely have to reseason it.
Make sure that your waffle iron is hot before you pour in the batter. Most waffle irons have a light that will come on when it is preheating and will go off when heated to the proper temperature. Check your use and care manual. It could do just the opposite and the light could come on when it is hot enough to use.
Play around with the amount of batter to pour in. Don’t be too scrimpy. You want the top grids to be able to reach the batter. I like to pour in just a little too much to make sure that it is filled to capacity. Don’t try to clean the batter off as it drips. It will be easier later when the batter cooks. This way you will not smear it everywhere.
Unless you have two or three waffle irons going at once it takes awhile to cook them. To keep them warm and crisp preheat your oven to about 200 degrees. Put the waffles on a cooling rack placed on top of a baking pan in the oven. If you are like me many of the waffles will be eaten right out of the waffle iron. Those little crunchy things are hard to resist!
Waffles adapted from Betty Crocker
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour * I used self rising flour and left out baking powder and salt*
- 1 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat waffle iron. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add milk beat until airy. Beat in remaining ingredients with a rotary beater or mixer until smooth. Pour batter in the middle of a hot waffle iron. Bake for about 5 minutes. You have to be patient. Do not open until the waffle has almost stopped producing steam. Remove carefully.
Yields about six 7 -in waffles
Here’s what my class did with the same recipe. Notice the difference in color. I have about fives types of waffle irons that they used. Some better than others. The lab was a huge success. I am loving the maturity of the juniors and seniors that I have this semester!
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55 responses to “Nice and Crispy Waffles”
I love this! I have never made waffles, but enjoy eating them!
Thanks for the tip about seasoning the iron. Who knew?! 🙂 It’s great seeing how you’re students are doing, how they plate, etc. Fun class!
Before doing this lab I had only ever ate store bought waffles. Now I realize how simple they are to make at home. I also found the silicon brush and rotary beater to be quite handy. I think I might buy one of each. 🙂
I learned that if you let the waffles sit they will get soggy.
I learned that the waffle is done cooking when it doesn’t steam anymore. If you lift it up too early then half of the waffle will be on one side and the other half on the other side.
I didn’t realize it was necessary to use a rotary beater instead of a regular hand beater to mix the ingredients!
One thing i learned is to carefully watch how much batter you put into the waffle iron because you dont want it to overflow.
I didn’t know you had to season the waffle iron.
i think we all did good but my group should have put a little more batter on the griddle and let them cook a little longer.
I learn how pour the batter in the middle of the waffle iron
the waffles i’ve learned when you do them you mix the eggs so that it will be fluffier.
I learned that you need to beat everything together to make it fluffy.
I learned you should always put your ingredients in a bigger bowl before mixing or you will make a mess. I learned the hard way
the waffle that we made where good they were the right kind of fuffliness not to hard not to soft but they were way better with syrup 😉
I learned not to overload the waffle iron with batter because the waffles expand when you cook them.
I learned that you shouldnt put a bunch of batter in the waffle iron because it will come out on the side and make a mess!
I learned that homemade pancakes are very easy to make. I also learned that you don’t always have to use bisquick when making waffles, you could just use flour. They were delicious!
I learned that you should figure out exactly how much batter to put in the waffle iron or else it will over flow!
The waffles were great! I learned that you should mix the ingredients in a bigger bowl to avoid a mess.
I learned that you need to be careful with how much waffle batter you put on the iron because it will overflow if you put to much. I must say that these waffles were alot better than buying them frozen from the store!!
I learned not to put too much batter on the waffle iron.
Congrats 1st block kitchen 4 our waffles were so good!!!
Next time I will try not to overflow the waffle iron.
I’ve never made waffles before so I didn’t know that they were done when the steam stopped.
Everyone decorated their waffles so creatively! I liked 1st block kitchen 4 the best!! I wish I could of been there to help! Your waffles turned out so much better than our pancakes last week! Good Job Team!!!
I learned that you need to grease the pan before you cook the waffle. And the first waffle that you cook will absorb the oil!
I learned that you have to season the waffle iron, i would’ve never thought that you would have to do that.
From this activity, I have learned that bacon pops when you cook it, and the grease gets on your skin and burns… Badly… ;(
i love pic-man.:D
Those waffles taste amazing! I liked 2nd block kitchen 5 its beautiful (:
i loved the waffles!
i learned to season the iron so that it won’t stick and if you let the waffles sit out to long they will get sogging.
I learned that you have to sometimes put more batter then you think is necessary. I really ejoyed making the waffles.
I learned not to let the waffles overflow when you put them in, also the they were tasty and I enjoyed making them!
i love the way kitchin 4 waffles came out they had the best made to me.
i didnt know that if you used self rising flour that you wouldnt need salt or baking powder. also that you dont put sugar in your waffles as you would do pancakes.
i learned that if you don’t put enough batter in the waffle iron then the waffle will not have the right shape and that the crispier the waffle the better it tastes!!. strawberries are a great with waffles!.
My groups waffles in 2nd block kitchen 2 looked great! I love how they crossed the bacon in the front. I learned from the demo that you need to carefully watch how much batter you put on the waffle iron.
I learned that its better to use oil instead of butter in the waffle batter
i liked your demo because it showed me how to clean the marker a different way and make sure its fully clean and how to keep your area clean.
I learned that making waffles is easy and you have to make sure that you don’t over stir the ingredients. Also put the correct measuring size according to the waffle maker’s size.
i learned that you have to put the batter on the waffle iron every carefully
i learned that you dont use baking powdwer or salt if you use self rising flour
i learned that if you dont wait till it stops steaming then there probably not done.
i like the super whisker and how fast it does the job! i also learned theres a technique to using it! go kitchen 1!
I learned that you need to watch how much batter you put in the waffle iron so it doesn’t over flow
i learned you have to season the waffle iron.
I learned that you must season the waffle iron before using it or else the waffles will stick.
Your class did a super job, Wanda!
Recently I posted a yeast-based waffle (Marion Cunningham’s recipe) that I had never tried and I was sold. Your class couldn’t have done that because you mix the dough the night before, but I loved it because there was less fuss in the morning.
I remember seeing that on your blog and I must try them!
This was such an easy and quick recipe! The waffles were so yummy and they were light and fluffy too!
I hadn’t thought of getting waffle pans for my foods class, but this makes perfect sense. Delicious. We would use them quite a bit! At L’Atellier in Paris, they used them for potato galettes!
well i most defenently think that 2nd block kitchen 5. there picture is creative and apealing!
wow they did such i good job!
but my favorite would have to be kitchen 5 2nd block!
wow that looks like something i could do for my little sister! i bet she would love them! i like the picture of kitchen 5 secound block!
they each have their own styles the fruit gives the a great touch. the strwberry flower is my favorite! great job 2 kitchen 5!
After watching you do the demo on this lab and seeing how easy it is to make waffles i dont think im ever going to buy store bought waffles again
after watching the demo i learned that you do not open the waffle maker until the waffle has almost stopped producing steam