Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waffle you waiting for?

My favorite meal of the day is without a doubt:
I am pretty much nonfunctional if I don't have
something besides coffee (which is also critical to my
good mental health) within a half hour of assuming a
vertical position.

And what is not to love about breakfast food?
Scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits, fruit cups, yogurt,
oatmeal, croissants, coffee, tea, juice of any type, sausages...need
I continue? I love breakfast! So much so that we frequently have it
for dinner!

Now one of my absolute favorite foods for breakfast is waffles!
Big fluffy, lemon zested waffles sprinkled with powdered sugar
that melt in your mouth as soon as they touch you tongue.
I could eat a half dozen -- easily. Fortunately, the dudes love
them, too, so it is highly unlikely that I will ever get the opportunity
to eat a half dozen all by myself.

Here is my waffle recipe inspired by the beignets (ben-YAY) at the
Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, a place that should be on
everyone's bucket list in my opinion. If you have not had one of
their beignets (it's essentially a fritter) covered in powered sugar,
you must definitely go -- right now -- and make sure you have a
steaming cup of their coffee to go with it.


1 3/4 flour
1 tblspn baking powder
1/2 tspn baking soda
1/4 tspn salt
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 tspn lemon zest
1/2 tspn vanilla
2 egg whites


In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, soda
and salt. Make a well in the center. In another bowl, mix together
egg yolks, milk, oil, lemon zest, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients
and mix until moist but still lumpy. In a small bowl beat the egg whites
until stiff peaks form. Fold into the waffle batter, do not over mix.
Pour onto a preheated and greased waffle iron. Cook according to
the manufacturer's directions. I have a VillaWare Belgian waffle iron
with a handy light that goes on and off to tell me when they're done.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve! Delicious! Now I am not the
only waffle lover at the kitchen, so be sure to check out Krista's prior
post on the scrumptious Waffles Banana Foster!


Jenn McKinlay

aka Lucy Lawrence

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  1. How come my waffles never look like that!?

    I need to replace my waffle maker, which suddenly and unexpectedly bit the dust a couple of months ago. Thanks for the reminder and the yummy recipe, Jenn!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Ah, yes, the Cafe du Monde...back when N'Orleans was known for something besides floods. I was lucky enough to visit with a bunch of friends when I was in college, and I swear we ate eight times in one day--beignets included!

  3. I've never been to New Orleans, but everyone who has comes back raving about the food. I gotta get there some day. And have beignets. I sampled some at a New Orleans-based restaurant's booth at Taste of Chicago, and I've been hooked on those little treats ever since. I went back three times in one day. Thanks for this recipe!


  4. I'm seeing a common thread among those of us who like food -- going back repeatedly when it's really good!

    Your waffle looks wonderful, Jenn. Hmm, do I have company coming soon? I'd like an excuse to make more waffles . . .

    ~ Krista

  5. Waffles with lemon zest. Oh, yum! I just got my waffle iron unpacked. Yeah!

  6. The French Quarter of N'awlins is one of my favorite places on our little space ship Earth and Cafe du Monde is one of my favorite stops in it. Fantastic foodie idea to bring us that taste in a waffle, Jenn. (And, of course, I'm with you on the absolute importance of java in getting vertical in the AM! Great post! :)

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  7. Thanks, all! I've been to New Orleans before
    Katrina and after and it's still one of my favorite cities. The waffle is only marginally healthier than the beignet, but the dudes and I love powered sugar on our waffles, which is really what gives them that Cafe Du Monde deliciousness. I need to go there now...