Warm waffles on a brisk August morning

I'm starting to narrow down my brainstorm of delicious food options for my Farmhouse retreat. I have more ideas than I can fit into a weekend. Where to start, where to start. Breakfast?

Time to take out the waffle iron!

Have I told you the story of this waffle iron? I'm a little ashamed. And a little proud. The story involves persistence, ingenuity, loss, and trickery. It ends with a brand new Cuisinart Waffle Maker. The story is likely more boring than I think, so you can ask me about if we ever meet and struggle to make small talk.

I've since made dozens of waffles, and although they were delicious, I had never branched out from the standard recipes found in the Cuisinart booklet that came in the box.

This morning, I decided I needed something warm and comforting and did a quick search for waffle recipes. Deb, Joy, and Molly are my trio of go-to ladies whenever I need a recipe. Deb was a big advocate of yeasted waffles but that requires an overnight batter -- another time. Joy is in no short supply of unique waffle combinations: lemon ricotta, whole wheat + other amazing healthy things, brown sugar bacon, cornmeal + chives.

Molly wrote a great post on waffles and mentions the yeasted waffle as well, declaring it a capital-W Winner. But she accepts that we don't all manage to plan ahead, so her second recipe from the same post is what I decided to make this morning. Apparently a quite well known phenomenon, Waffles of Insane Greatness was her batter of choice when you wake up in the morning in desperate need of a quick and perfect waffle.

To no one's surprise, the waffles were a million times better than my previous waffles from "the booklet that came inside the box". These waffles had crispy edges and light fluffy centres, I think I will confidently throw that Cuisinart booklet away.

I topped them with Ontario blueberries and cherries and easily downed two whole waffles because they were so light, fluffly, and delicious. All while still in my pyjamas.

These are definitely on the menu for the Farmhouse retreat.

Waffle of Insane Greatness

found on foodnetwork.com

For my 4-waffle Cuisinart iron, this recipe is perfect for one batch of 4 waffles. Double or triple the recipe as desired.

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
¾ tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.

Make a well in the middle and pour in the buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla.

Whisking the liquids first so the egg breaks down a bit, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to make a smooth batter.

Let rest minimum of 10 minutes before pouring the batter into your waffle maker. Waffle makers vary in size, so experiment with the first batch to see how much batter best fits your machine. Some may require some cooking spray or oil to ensure the waffles don't stick to the iron.