Thursday, 19 April 2012

And now, to make a biggish waffle

The breadmaking post seems to have revealed an appetite for recipes on this blog. So today I thought I'd have a crack at making a biggish waffle. (Again, this is something Her Outdoors usually does, which meant she was the perfect person to teach me - with the "Joy of Cooking" book on hand for reference).

1) First I put 1.75 cups of white flour in a Biggish Mixing Bowl (BMB) with 2 level teaspoons of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of sugar, and mixed them together.

2) I separated three biggish eggs and beat the yolks with 1.5 cups of milk (using a fork), until it looked like this:

3) I added the yolky mix to the BMB and mixed it all together until it was "not too lumpy", like this:

4) Her Outdoors melted a couple of tablespoons of salted butter in our griddle pan over a high heat (thereby cheating me of taking credit for the whole thing) which she (!) poured into the BMB:

5) The egg whites were whisked (by both of us - with a whisk) until "stiff but not dry", which looks like this:

6) This egg white fluff was then folded into the BMB with a biggish spoon until it looked like this:

7) With the butter-covered griddle pan back on a medium heat, I emptied the BMB into it (thereby regaining control of the situation):

8) I then waited for many minutes until the middle of the almost-waffle didn't move when the pan was tilted.

9) Then I flipped the almost-waffle, only spilling a bit on the pan and cooker.

10) Her Outdoors then turned the heat down a little (argh) until the waffle was cooked through, which only took a couple of minutes.

11) I (yay) then slid the waffle onto a chopping board and took a surprisingly anaemic-looking photograph.

A biggish waffle like this is a pretty cheap and really tasty way to feed a family of four and have some left over for the chickens. It was excellent with butter and maple syrup, although a couple of rashers of crispy smoked streaky bacon would have made it even better.

Coming soon... Her Outdoors wielding a chainsaw.


Arch said...

Hi looks good will try one,
Have you tried a Yorkshire pudding mix with sugar added and bake in oven 25 mins as you would a yorks pudding
Works well and you don't need a raising agent yes I know I am waffling !

Anonymous said...

Hey you!

How dare you to make me hungry when I'm so bored at work!!! Could have come to Bergerac to share ;-D

See ya, Cathy

the devolutionary said...

Hi Arch. We have problems with our oven not getting hot enough for Yorkshire puds. Might be worth a shot in the bread over though.

Cathy. But - it would have been cold.

Archie said...

Hi Alex, am playing around on google earth trying to spot you can't see the ecovallee even using your directions ?
Maybe this sky view is pre you !
Can you find yourself on google earth ?
But hey fantastic countryside around you would you say that there might be a lot of rideable trails in the area ?
Arch ps hope your having better weather than us

the devolutionary said...

Hi Archie. The Google photo's from December 2004, and I don't know when they're going to update - if ever. The streetview car didn't even come past our door. (We're THAT off the beaten path.) I tried to put a pin in the map for all the world to see, but it fell out again. Maybe I'll try adding a photo instead.

Looking at the satellite image of the bridge at Lalinde, go 300 metres due south and about 100 metres west. Our field looks a tiny bit like an upside-down spanner surrounded by trees.

The weather's been rubbish. I'll never be able to say April is one of the best months to come here again. The hay's going to be incredible though!