Got a house full of people all waking up at different times? Throw on a pot of coffee, mix up a special waffle batter, and they can make their own breakfast, says Carla Hall.
Start with: Classic Belgian waffles
Feeding the hordes over the holidays is equal parts joy and stress. By making a batch of waffle batter for people to help themselves, you free yourself from cooking eggs à la minute. You can double the batch and split it to make different flavors, and if you're short on time, just use a premade mix (but be sure to check the yield and adjust the amounts of the add-on ingredients accordingly). These variations are enough for eight waffles.
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Classic Belgian waffles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes
1½ cups bleached all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups whole milk
¾ cup butter (1½ sticks), melted
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1. Heat a waffle iron. In a large bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
2. Whisk together milk, butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs, then pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
3. Stir in ingredients to flavor the batter. (If leaving the batter out for more than 30 minutes, place the bowl with batter over a larger bowl filled with ice.)4. Pour batter onto waffle iron, spreading to each corner. Cook until waffle is golden brown.
Bacon and chive waffles: Add 1 cup cooked crispy bacon, diced, and 4 Tbsp chives, minced, to batter at Step 3; mix thoroughly. Serve with butter or a smear of cream cheese, or topped with a scrambled egg.
Double. chocolate. chip. waffles: Add ½ cup cocoa powder and 1 cup mini chocolate chips to batter at Step 3; mix thoroughly.
Pumpkin spice waffles: Add ½ cup pumpkin puree, ½ tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp ground nutmeg, and 1 tsp ground cinnamon to batter at Step 3; mix thoroughly. Top with whipped cream.
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