Foodie Friday: Waffle Club

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Waffles

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But we don’t always have time in the morning do we? Sometimes it’s fun to have breakfast for dinner or as a group activity like snack time. Waffles have been enjoyed at any time of day since medieval times. Originally waffles were a variation on communion wafers, and over time have evolved into what we have now. We have certainly come a long way since then and the results are staggeringly delicious.

Waffles come in many shapes, sizes, textures, and flavors. They can be topped with almost endless variations of different ingredients or served all on alone. There are waffle cones, stuffed waffles, and chicken & waffles just to name a few of the creative variations you might find. When concocting your batter make sure that you allow enough for a test waffle or two. This will allow you to taste and adjust your batter before you serve the final product. When following recipes don’t be afraid to make adjustments according to your own preference.

Around the Brown Paper Tickets headquarters office we have started a weekly waffle-based ritual. Each person that works on Sunday and participates, has taken a turn as the “Batter-UP.” When it’s your turn to bring waffles you are responsible for providing enough batter and whatever special toppings you choose for everyone. There have been some interestingly delicious creations rolling through so far and surely a great many more to come. Among some of the most interesting include but are certainly not limited to:

James – Classic Waffles, Cinnamon Waffles
Sam – Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Super Crispy Almond-essence Waffles
Megan – Ginger Waffles
Ashton – Smores Waffles
Kathleen – Chocolate Chai, with Pink Sea Salt and Whipped Cream/Chocolate Syrup (Gluten-free), Buttermilk Waffles with Ezell’s Fried Chicken
Susanne – Rosemary Ham and Gruyere/Chedder Cheese Waffles
Antoine – Oreo Waffles with hand-whisked Whipped Cream
Diana – Classic Waffle topped with Blackberry Preserve, Brie, and Basil
Patrick – Sourdough Waffles, Banana Chocolate Chip, Orange Waffles

Hopefully our waffle club inspires you to whip up a batch of crispy delicious waffles with your own twist added. It’s a lot of fun to make a group activity out of it, and I think we enjoy it immensely. Waffle day is a great way to bring a group closer together and get to know them on a level only reached through food. Sharing ideas and time together around the most simple of concepts is truly a joy. Waffle up!

Basic Waffles

You can add extras such as chocolate chips to this batter for maximum “WOW” factor!

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (you can replace this with a gluten-free option or whole wheat if you like)
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 room temperature eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups room temperature whole milk
1/3 cup melted butter

Directions:

Be sure to set your milk and eggs out at least an hour before you make your waffle batter.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Combine all wet ingredients in another bowl, then stir the mixture into your dry ingredients until just combined. Be sure not to over mix the batter. It should just come together into a smooth batter (a few little lumps are okay).

Pour your batter evenly to coat the bottom of a pre-heated/greased waffle iron, close the iron down and cook until the steam stops coming out from the sides, or to the waffle iron manufacturers specifications.

Serve with desired toppings or accoutrements.

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Here are some Waffley great looking events listed on Brown Paper Tickets!

Sunday, February 23rd | Modern Times Beer BrunchSan Diego, California   The wait is over!  Beer is now part of everyone’s favorite meal… BRUNCH! And not just any beer. San Diego Beer Night invades the Lomaland Fermantoium, aka Modern Times Brewery & Tasting Room, serving up four delicious brunch items created to complement the complex and distinct favors that are Modern Times Beer core four.

Friday, February 28th | Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off 2014South Portland, Maine   Local restaurants compete for the title of Maine’s “Best Breakfast,” at Sea Dog Brewing Co. Guests of the event taste all the entries and vote for their favorites. Event proceeds benefit Preble Street anti-hunger and homelessness programs.

Saturday, March 1st – Saturday, April 5th | De Wafel Tour! Brooklyn, New York   De Wafel Tour is an inside look into the workings of your favorite food truck, Wafels & Dinges. You’ll be able to see (And hear! And taste!) what it takes to be the top mobile food vendor in New York.

Saturday, March 1st | Moveable Feast Supper Club Knoxville An Evening of Breakfast BitesKnoxville, Tennessee   Moveable Feast Supper Club is pleased to announce their second supper, An Evening of Breakfast Bites.  This BYOB multi-course meal will showcase some amazing local farms and regional products at a beautiful historic landmark location, the Southern Depot.

Thursday, March 6th | 4th Annual Transforming Lives BreakfastLynnwood, Washington   This breakfast is a fundraising event to help support Clothes For Kids efforts to provide low income students with school wardrobes.

Image credit: The Culinary Geek