Thursday, May 28, 2015

Overnight Buttermilk Yeasted Waffles

These waffles combine everything I love about waffles into one recipe; using buttermilk, for tenderness, yeast, for that fluffy, light and crisp texture that only yeast can provide, and mixing up the batter overnight, for ease the next morning.  (Or, make the batter in the morning and let it rest until evening... breakfast for dinner!)  Also, these waffles use only one bowl!!  I think this is the perfect waffle recipe.  You can even use one cup of whole wheat pastry flour and they taste exactly the same. I've made these three times since discovering them a few weeks ago, they even were requested by my daughter on her 13th birthday breakfast recently.  I love, love, love this recipe.  PS: As with a lot of waffle recipes, I cut the butter in half in this recipe without any problems whatsoever.  I only use 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup.
Overnight Buttermilk Yeasted Waffles
adapted from Baking Bites

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (.25-oz)
1/2 cup warm water (approx 100-110F)
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour (can use one cup whole wheat pastry)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

1.  In a large bowl, stir together yeast and warm water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in buttermilk, melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until well combined. Stir in flour and salt until batter is smooth.  Cover bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (for 8-12 hours.  You can also make this in the morning and let it sit in the fridge until dinnertime).

2.  In the morning, remove waffle batter from the refrigerator. Stir in baking soda, and mix vigorously until well incorporated. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

3.  Preheat your waffle maker as directed by the manufacturer.  Dollop waffle batter onto hot, lightly greased waffle iron (as directed by the manufacturer) and allow to cook until golden brown.  Serve immediately, with butter and maple syrup. (Try different toppings. My fave was Biscoff with runny homemade strawberry freezer jam (it didn't set up... lol, but it was perfect for these waffles!) My kids love peanut butter and jam with a tiny drizzle of syrup.)  *Serves 4-6
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