Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Perfect Whole Wheat Waffle



I hesitate to use superlatives such as "greatest," "perfect," "ideal," "grandest," etc, because it seems as though the journey towards perfection is one devoid of a final destination. After all, whether one is practicing inserting IVs or baking waffles, one's technique can surely always improve, leaving one with the delightful anticipation of a new challenge each morning. Additionally, when I start to apply a superlative my brain immediately scolds me with reminders that such terms are truly subjective, and while a particular waffle in question might seem perfect to me, someone else's ideal waffle might haven an entirely different construct, and really, what right do I have to impose my beliefs about waffles upon someone else... and yes, I've spent entirely too long in literary theory classes.

Such semantics aside, I truly believe, at least by my definition, that I have officially had the closest brush with a perfect waffle I may ever experience in this lifetime. Thanks to my college roomie Lisa, who so kindly knew that a subscription to Cooks Illustrated would be the perfect Christmas gift for Zach and I, we were browsing the latest issue when Zach spotted the article about improving waffles, and oh so innocently requested waffles a la Cooks Illustrated for brunch...

For self-proclaimed science-buffs such as ourselves (ok, go ahead, you can say it, science nerds, as long as you clarify science nerds who also enjoy fashion and fishing alike), Cooks Illustrated is a piece of culinary heaven - where else would one be presented with the fun knowledge that the recipe you are about to prepare browns properly because of an alkali environment? So
cool.

Despite my complete faith in Cooks Illustrated's recipes, I did modify their waffle recipe quite a bit... I used whole wheat flour, of course, added Greek yogurt, etc... By the time I finished folding the batter, I was actually concerned that I had experimented with the recipe so much as to endanger the outcome of the waffles. My fears were unfounded, however, as fears so often are, because each waffle emerged from the iron just slightly crispy and unbelievably flaky on the outside, and ethereally light and fluffy on the inside... I've baked many a whole wheat or buckwheat waffle before, and never until now have I achieved such a delightful ratio between a crispy exterior, which even maintained it's flakiness after the mandatory application of maple syrup, and an interior still oh so soft... and dare I say... almost perfect...





The Perfect Whole Wheat Waffle

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 T raw turbinado sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup canola oil

1 1/4 cups unflavored seltzer water

~ Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

~ Whisk together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

~ Whisk together the Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and canola oil.

~ Gently stir the seltzer into the yogurt mixture.

~ Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, gently stirring until just combined - the batter should still be lumpy.

~ Heat your waffle iron, and cook the waffles according to the waffle iron instructions, using approx 1/3 cup batter per waffle. After each waffle is done, transfer them to a baking sheet and place in the warm oven for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with butter (or Smart Balance Light) and maple syrup!

On the blog this time last year... Gluten Free Almond-Citrus Cake with Lemon Buttercream!

17 comments:

eatingRD said...

oh my gosh, waffles just sounded so good right now, especially with perfection like that ;) I'd say it's perfection. You should enter it into the stonyfield contest! http://www.everydaywithrachaelraypromo.com/stonyfield/ have a nice weekend, sorry I've been so absent :(

wood furniture said...

This is what I am craving for the past few days! Thanks you posted something new for the waffles!

Beth said...

oh these look so good...we're on the shore this weekend with my dad and I'm waiting for everyone to get up before I have breakfast, but wow, do I want to make these right now!

Bellini Valli said...

This would make the perfect breakfast. I better get cracking before the world awakens.

pierre said...

it's a devil dessert !! I just love hte waffles !! Pierre de paris

MelindaRD said...

Oh fantastic! I think they at least look perfect!

Faith said...

Oooh, these look pretty perfect to me! Love the Greek yogurt in there.

Kathleen said...

Your waffles sound delicious. I love that they have whole wheat and yogurt in them.

Ameena said...

These do indeed look like the perfect waffles! Absolutely deserving of it's title.

Thank you, as always, for your great comments. They make me feel like a million bucks! You really make my day, so thank you again.

Have a great week!!

swankyrd said...

Those waffles look amazing!! I haven't had waffles in a while, I am craving them after reading that.
I don't know if I have said this, but you are such a great writer!

Cucinista said...

Ahh... those pictures make my tastebuds sing. Oh for a waffle iron! The neighborhood brunch place just doesn't do it. Are you open for breakfast ? ;)

Priti said...

Ahh tempting pics...looks so gud..

Gita Jaishankar said...

Wow...the waffles look good with the syrup and smeared with butter...what a lovely and delicious breakfast :) it is like having dessert for breakfast!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Astra, I could kiss you! I've been meaning to make a whole wheat waffle for the longest time and have yet to get around to it. Now I know what I'll be having for breakfast this coming weekend ... these look spectacular! Thank you!!! :)

Jamie said...

This is such a fun entry to read -- very Astraesque! And it makes me want to eat waffles. right. now. If only mine turned out half as pretty:)

Ricki said...

Lovely, lovely--and why NOT say they're perfect if they are?? (We can have many versions of "perfect" in our world, I think!) ;) They do look terrific--wish I still had that old waffle iron!

Mr. Pineapple Man said...

we just got a waffle machine last night, so must try this out!! thanks for the recipe!