Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Forgo The Eggo: Homemade Toaster Waffles



Convenience food is, well, convenient.  But expensive.  We try to make most of our food from scratch around here, but, we're just as busy as the next family.  Most people don't know this, but with a little planning and a little effort, you can easily make your own convenience food... from scratch!  Healthier. Cheaper. And tastier too.  So, go ahead... Leggo That Eggo

To make your own Homemade Toaster Waffles, just use your favorite waffle recipe.  (Mine happens to be from The Joy of Cooking) If you routinely use a mix (like Bisquick) that will work too.  I recommend making a double batch... I don't know about you but I hate wasting time! 


ingredients



Mix your ingredients according to the recipe.  Here (according the Chef Papa) is the trick with waffles:  Mix ingredients until just combined and then let the batter sit for a couple minutes... over-mixing the batter makes for chewy (not crispy outside and soft-in-the-center) waffles.


Make your waffles according to the instructions that came with your waffle iron (ours takes about 1/2C of batter).  Then cook as you normally would, removing the waffles before they are completely brown and crispy... just slightly less done than you would make them for eating right away.



Allow them to cool completely.  Stack them , making sure to place waxed paper (parchment would work too) in between the waffles so that they can be separated while still frozen.  Place in freezer bags (or a freezer-safe container) and lay flat to freeze.  


Next time you're in a hurry in the morning, pull a couple out, pop them in the toaster, cover in butter and syrup and enjoy!  

That's what works for us!  What works for you?

10 comments:

Annikke said...

We love waffles in our house and we often have them for dinner so I make extras and then freeze them for later. I do this with pancakes too. I hadn't thought of cooking them just under what I normally would do for freezing - will try that next time! Thanks for the tip!

mamarolf said...

Waffles for dinner? Sounds like a fun family!

Mrs Random said...

mmmmmmm. My Mom recently gave me a waffle iron....now I can put it to good use!

The Halbert Home said...

I've been told that mixed batter lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge too so you could just pull out the premade batter and make what you need that morning too.

mamarolf said...

Well, the chef (that would be Papa) won't let me do that.... something about the waffles not turning out right if the batter sits too long. This, is our compromise ;)

Nicole Redman said...

I make my own frozen breakfast sandwiches, too. Eggs with spinach, mushrooms, and swiss cheese on whole wheat english muffins or bagels.

mamarolf said...

Need. More. Information. (please)

mamarolf said...

Need. More. Information. (please)

The Halbert Home said...

I've been told that mixed batter lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge too so you could just pull out the premade batter and make what you need that morning too.

Annikke said...

We love waffles in our house and we often have them for dinner so I make extras and then freeze them for later. I do this with pancakes too. I hadn't thought of cooking them just under what I normally would do for freezing - will try that next time! Thanks for the tip!

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