When I was a kid, waffles were my idea of heaven on a plate served with homemade jam, lots of sweetened whipped cream and when available, fresh wild berries . . as a treat or dessert, the Icelandic way!
My mother, however, had other ideas of how we should enjoy our waffles! As a home economist who believed in healthy and nutritious cooking, she always made the waffle batter without sugar and often served us the waffles with savory toppings for breakfast or weekend brunch, which was not so common in those days.
Sometimes we were given the option of having the waffles with skyr and fruit compote or other available fresh fruit, but we normally at home we enjoyed savory favorites that included poached eggs, smoked salmon, shrimp and cucumber salad with fresh dill or smoked Icelandic lamb . . . as we knew that we could always be a bit naughty and visit one of our grannies for the sweet ones!!!
Waffles may no longer be my idea of heaven on a plate, but they are still real favorites and so versatile. They can be served in lots of different ways, depending on the time of the day and your mood. Below is my mother’s recipe that I have been using since I first started making waffles and they never let me down!
Mom's Waffle Recipe
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 ¾ cups milk
100g melted unsalted butter
1 – 2 tsp vanilla essence
Yield: 8 Waffles
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, eggs and the milk until you have a smooth batter.
Add the melted butter and mix well. Add vanilla essence and mix. Set aside.
Heat the waffle iron and butter if necessary. Pour batter onto preheated waffle iron and cook until the waffle is crisp and golden brown.
Serve immediately with your favorite toppings. Some of my favorites are various types of jam and fruit preserves, yogurt with various types of fresh berries and drizzled with honey or maple syrup.
For a nutritious and more filling breakfast or as a brunch item, try the waffles with smoked turkey or ham and a poached egg. If you like, add some sliced cheese, tomatoes and salad greens . . . or whatever else you fancy!
You will need a waffle iron to make this recipe but in case you don't have one, this recipe makes pretty decent pancakes too!
© Chef KaritasM - March 2019