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Amazing Overnight Waffles

submitted by steveandsarah on Mar-25-07
(this recipe is good for breakfast)
(this recipe is suitable for vegetarians)
(this recipe is good for children)
servings: 3-4

From Mollie Katzen's "Sunlight Cafe"

Yes, they actually are amazing, and very easy -- you just need to be able to plan ahead enough to make the batter the night before.

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour [we usually do half whole wheat flour]
1 tsp yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
6 Tbsp melted unsalted butter, or canola oil if you want to be healthy
1 large egg
nonstick spray

Combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.  Add the milk, and whisk until blended.  Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let it stand overnight at room temperature.  (If the room is warmer than 70 degrees F, put it in the refrigerator.)

In the morning, preheat the waffle iron and melt the butter.  Beat the egg in a small separate bowl, then beat it into the batter along with the melted butter.  The batter will be quite thin.

Lightly spray the hot waffle iron on both the top and bottom surfaces with nonstick spray, and rub on a little butter.  Add just enough batter to cover the cooking surface -- approximately 2/3 cup for each waffle.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, depending on your waffle iron.  Don't overbake -- you want it crisp and brown but not too dark.  Its OK to peek.

Serve hot with your chosen toppings.

perrin, Apr-4-08 22:06:07:
Bittman has a version of these that I like to make. His has more fat. He uses 8tbsps of butter and 2 eggs, with the whites separated and beaten. He also mixes everything but the eggs in the night before. I'm going to try this lower fat version and compare.
steveandsarah, Apr-4-08 23:38:17:
I'm sure it will be better with more butter! But separating the eggs and beating the whites sounds like a lot of trouble for what is otherwise a really easy recipe.
perrin, Apr-12-08 15:43:22:
So, the Bittman ones do benefit from the extra butter. I don't think whipping the whites makes much difference. I did find that putting all ingredients except the eggs in to sit overnight made more flavorful waffles than adding the rest in the morning as this recipe says to, and it's less work in the morning too.

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