While growing up, my mom and I had very few traditions. I remember two: decorating our Christmas tree every year (which as a parent, I can now appreciate the dedication it took to make this happen for a family of two), and Caroline’s Day. Caroline’s Day was exactly how it sounds–a day about me–and on this day I could invite a friend to join me for a fun activity, which, for an 8-year old in the 80’s, was naturally an afternoon at the roller rink. I can still recall the emotion I felt every time Air Supply cranked through the speakers.
There is comfort in tradition–the dependability, constancy, and of course, the memories. Hubby and I have enjoyed the opportunity to create traditions with our children, and I have no idea how it came about, but Sundays in our home are known as Waffle (or Pancake) Sundays. On days I lack motivation and desire to prepare them, Hubby or Big Brother will step in and we move forward.
We have our favorite waffles based on season (fall=pumpkin spice pancakes), mood (with/out pearl sugar), time and preparation (yeasted vs. not, or Belgian), but our all-around favorite waffles are the Waffles of Insane Greatness. We love them for their crispy shell, creamy, almost custardy inside, and zero planning (i.e. can be made the morning of and we always have the ingredients on-hand–perfect for a non-planner like me!).
Waffles of Insane Greatness
Recipe by: Aretha Frankenstein’s restaurant (Chattanooga, TN)
Prep: 5 min Inactive: 30 min Yield: 4 servings
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter and syrup, for serving
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.