Light Fluffy Waffles

Carole and EmmaEver since the financial crash when we lost most everything, I haven’t seen anyone in my family.  Travel hasn’t been in our budget.  I know we’re not alone nor are we special.

Today though, is a day of celebration. My sister Carole arrived this morning from New York with her granddaughter Emma who’s 10.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be in the same room with her, listening to her stories.  Her life is even more chaotic than my own.  (hard to believe, I know)

She looked amazing even after that long flight and even had energy enough for a drive around town and a visit to a local museum.  I always feel like a pretzel after a long haul flight but they were both wide awake and ready to play.

homemade waffles recipe

Before they arrived I cleaned out the pantry and tossed out the things that could kill us because they were past their use-by date, vacuumed up all the crumbs in the drawer below where the toaster sits.  (why can’t men close the freakin drawer before making toast??)  and cleaned the waterside windows because it was getting tough to see through them.  I’m a food blogger, who has time to clean?  It’s a good thing my sister doesn’t travel with a white glove.

Young Emma loves animals and our Charlie is in heaven.  He has a new friend that will toss his ball and give him a cuddle anytime he wants one.  He hasn’t left her alone since she got here.  They even went swimming.  Remember, it’s winter — and it was raining!  Nuts, I tell you!

Emma and Charlie

We arrived home from the airport about 9am and I decided it was time to christen my new waffle maker.  I looked for a Belgian waffle maker but couldn’t find one so I compromised and got the ordinary sized one from Cuisinart.  Why waffles?  Carole lives in New York about 90 miles north of NYC and she makes her own maple syrup – over an outdoor fire no less.

homemade maple syrup on waffles

So I had to have something to soak up that goodness and holy cow these breakfast waffles were good.  Carole brought enough syrup to last the whole time she’s here and maybe longer.  So we’ll do waffles again and pancakes and cook with it too.

fluffy waffles

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Light Fluffy Waffles
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Light fluffy waffles perfect to soak up maple or blueberry syrup
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup caster or superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 60 grams butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp water
  1. Sift flours and sugar into a bowl, make a well in the middle of the flours.
  2. Combine egg yolks, milk, butter and water in a measuring cup and add it to the well in the flour and mix until smooth.
  3. Whip egg whites until soft peaks form and fold into batter in two batches.
  4. Preheat waffle iron and drop ⅓ cup of batter into the center of the hot waffle iron and cook about 2 minutes.

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  1. says

    Hi Maureen!

    I am thrilled for you! I know how traveling can put a strain on the budget. I just returned from Idaho and boy oh boy talk about pretzels! (and not the kind they serve on the plane either:)

    Your Light and Fluffy Waffles look delightful. I for one am kinda glad you didn’t go Belgium:)

    Thank you so much for sharing…Have a joyous visit with your family and cherish each and every moment! louise
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  2. says

    Lovely waffles Maureen. :)

    A larger Belgian waffle maker would have been the best choice but if you can’t find one that’s just how it is. I waited for years before I found the used restaurant waffle maker that now resides on my counter.

    Have an amazing day dear. And keep on cooking.

    Chef Felisha

  3. says

    You are in for some great times, that is for sure. Intercontinental travel is always so tough….both financially and physically. So it’s awesome that you both get to spend some special time together. Emma sounds like a heart and I was chuckling reading how Charlie has fallen for her hook, like a sinker. The waffles look beautiful. 90 miles North of NYC – possibly closer to where I live and I have never made maple syrup, though I have visited farms that do.
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  4. says

    I’ll bet this visit is blissing you out! And having all that great maple syrup as a bonus? Even more bliss. Great looking waffles. We don’t have a waffle iron, and need to get one – waffles are great on their own, of course, but I’m also intrigued by the idea of making some savory ones. Fun post – thanks.
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  5. says

    I love a good excuse to clean out the pantry, and I’m always shocked by the things I find – especially the sense of the passage of time that results (…I thought I bought that 2 weeks ago, not 2 years ago… ugh). Sounds like your excuse was a very welcome one and I hope you have a wonderful time catching up with your sister. And for the record? Your pool is gorgeous. I’d go for a swim in the winter and rain as well 😉
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  6. says

    Awwww you must be so happy being around your sister! Enjoy every bit of it! <3 I am an only child, but when my parents come to visit, it's always so GOOD! <3
    Great looking waffles! I can't believe your sister makes her own maple syrup! She must be as amazing as you are! :-)

    • says

      My sister is pretty amazing. She is a violin teacher and takes her students all over the world. She cooks but only to eat. She does the syrup with her grandchildren.

    • says

      I know, I have no clue how she went all day yesterday and then slept in a sleeping bag at the local aquarium’s “sleepover night for kids”. Hope your weekend is going well too!

  7. Eha says

    Oops! And I thought I had been the only one I knew who got caught!! Would you believe I was an Oz fully qualified ‘Investment Advisor’ at the time!! And still could not ‘pick it’!! Have an absolutely wonderful time together . . . sorry, it SO looks if you are on the Gold Coast . . . not so bad up there . . .

    • says

      oh good grief.. the Gold Coast looks like Daytona Beach in Florida and I never went there :) The Sunshine Coast is much more laid back and casual.

  8. says

    I cleaned out my pantry today too. I like to think I have my finger on the pulse of my entire Kitcheny Kingdom, but I was shocked at how many little bits and pieces of ingredients and sauces had slipped through the cracks! Now, if I had some really-truly home made maple syrup, it wouldn’t have time to sit there on the shelf- it would be devoured immediately! :) Have a nice visit!

  9. says

    I didn’t appreciate how hard it would have been at the time, but when I was young, my Mum went 8 years without seeing her sisters (we were in Australia and they were in the UK and Canada). That first trip we made over to England when I was 10, she just soaked up every minute. I feel fortunate not to have had such lengthy separations from immediate family and am so glad you’re getting to spend time with your sister and niece. That maple syrup would be a bonus too :)
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  10. says

    Nothing like a waffle hot and fresh off the griddle dripping in butter and syrup to remind us of home, family, and love.

    Doesn’t matter if theyare served for breakfast or dinner they simply shout out loud, “I love you.”

    Glad you have this special time with your sister and Emma.

  11. says

    How exciting to see your sister and her grand-daughter again and have them stay with you! I can’t believe they had any energy left after that long-haul flight. You are too funny with your cleaning issues but I hear you, sister! I used to be so fastidious and these days I barely get the minimum done. I love the look of your waffles – so American. And I can’t believe your sister makes her own maple syrup – I wouldn’t know where to start xx

    • says

      LOL making maple syrup in one easy lesson. Collect sap from 40 billion sugar maple trees. Pour said sap into huge kettle and put on the stove or like my sister does, over an open fire outside. Boil until it’s syrup. Strain in case a bug got in there. Eat.

  12. says

    I am so glad you are with your family my friend, sounds like so much fun after such a long time :)
    Love these waffles they look utterly perfect! :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. says

    I soo hate cleaning. It has to be done but, like you, only after all the other more interesting things. Except the kitchen – that’s done every day, I love it to be sparkling. I hope you have a wonderful time with your sister and her grand daughter. I had no idea that home made maple syrup existed. What will you make with it next? GG

    • says

      I don’t know. At the moment I’m just pouring it on everything. :) When we were kids we’d collect sap and my mother would cook it down for syrup but I left at 18 and haven’t lived where there are sugar maples since. :)

  14. says

    Homemade maple syrup? Wow! And these waffles look so good. We have a waffle maker and have used it exactly twice in I don’t even remember how many years. Oddly enough, my son just asked for waffles. I might have found the recipe…

    • says

      Those waffles were really good. I’m making them again for the guys dredging the canal tomorrow morning. I was a REALLY wide bank. :) I figure if I feed them, they’ll stick around and give me more sand.

  15. says

    I love love love waffles – the texture,taste, shape everything! Your look perfect and how I wish I could have them for breakfast today!!! Hope you had a great time with your sister

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