During my student boarder hosting days, I found that waffles and pancakes usually created an opportunity for sitting and talking instead of running out the door and phones actually got put aside. So if your family could use a little together time, try bribery.
Not all waffles need to be be served sweet. Try these fresh herb and cheese ones as a tasty alternative, easily served with a fried or scrambled egg and possibly a bit of bacon or sausage.
You will need:
1 egg, separated
1 cup sifted flour, cake if available 1 Tbsp. less per cup if all purpose flour is used
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp, salt
7/8 cups milk (up to 2 Tbsp. more if you are finding the batter too thick)
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 – 5 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs of your choice
4 – 5 Tbsp. grated cheese of your choice
Bringing your attention into the present moment, gather the ingredients and give thanks; for the ingredients you will be working with, the opportunity to share your work and the knowledge and skills that bring it all together. Welcome the compassionate spirits. Take a deep breath…. or two and begin.
Chop the herbs. The combination here was parsley, chives and thyme but much depends on your tastebuds and availability. Grate the cheese. Old Cheddar will give you an extra kick but other than needing a cheese hard enough to be grateable the choice really is yours.
In a fresh bowl sift the flour. Add the dry ingredients along with the herbs and cheese.
Separate the eggs and whip the egg whites until firm. Set aside.
To the egg yolks add the milk.
Turn on your waffle machine and allow it to preheat.
Add the liquids to the flour and gently stir together. Do not over mix.
Fold in the beaten egg whites, making quarter turns of the bowl each time.
Confession time When I get around to making waffles, I am often asked for several different flavours. In this case, I got the plain and nut options out of the way before adding the herbs and cheese. So if you smart people are wondering why the bowl below looks less full when the cheese is added, that is the reason and good on you for noticing! This recipe will a make about five waffles depending on the size of your waffle iron.
Once the waffle mixture and the waffle machine are ready, begin cooking the waffles per the instructions for your waffle maker.
It might take a few tries to get the proper amount of batter into the waffle maker and the batter in the proper places. Each machine moves the batter around a little differently.
When making waffles for a group of people keeping the waffles warm so we eat together can be an issue unless you have five irons. (Yes Corrine, I am talking about you). I turn the toaster oven to just barely over “on” and let them rest in the oven as the next batch cooks. Too high and they will toast not hold.
This is a crispy waffle recipe that will soften once the fried egg is added. Sprinkle with some finely chopped herbs and a little optional parmesan and serve.
If there are more waffles than hungry tummies, freeze for a busy morning when the toaster oven can be your best friend.
Savoury Herb & Cheese Waffles from My Kitchen Wand