Waffles. Need we say more?

I have no idea what is wrong with me this week.  I have been allowing myself a maximum of five to six hours of sleep per night the entire week. All week I have had trouble waking up.  I have been tired, and grumpy.  My normal brainpower has been very impaired and I’ve felt horrible all week.  This morning, with no responsibilities and no expectations, I slept and slept a luxurious sleep that allowed me to wake naturally at a quarter to ten this morning.  Mmmmm.  It felt so good.  My boyfriend was very patient and did not try to wake me up.  But after I dilly dallied browsing a Gourmet magazine and the internet, the pleasant sound of my boyfriend’s guitar gave way to a low rumbling chanting of “pancakes, pancakes, pancakes, pancakes…”   It must be time for the poor guy to be fed.  Time to set to work.

 

I was reading the February issue of Gourmet this morning when I noticed that I put a crimp on a certain page weeks ago when I got it.  The page had four different kinds of breakfast yummies on it.  By some chance of fate, I had sour cream in the house (my boyfriend dislikes sour cream so we don’t use it as a topping for anything, it is usually a rare ingredient in my actual cooking).  The recipe that caught my eye was for Cardamom sour-cream waffles with lingonberry preserves.  I had all of the ingredients except lingonberry preserves.  I do however; have a really exceptional jar of raspberry and cranberry preserves, which I thought should be tart sweet enough to stand in for the berries in the recipe.  I consulted with my boyfriend and he felt adventurous enough to give them a try.

 

The recipe was a hit.  The only problem I had was my normal problem that I can’t seem to make a crispy waffle to save my life.  I’m not sure if it is me, the phase of the moon or my waffle maker but my waffles always come out soft.  I suspect it is the olive oil that I fill my mister with.  I should probably oil the waffle maker with polyunsaturated oil.  But the waffles were sooooo good anyway!

 

Boyfriend:  These are so good.  You won’t forget to write this recipe down, will you?

As I shake my head and chew, I’m thinking: I hope I’ll remember to make these again.

Boyfriend:  Aren’t you going to blog these?  Will you remember to make these?

Chewing, I get up and find the camera.  As I keep thinking, I don’t want to get up, I don’t want to let these get cold, I already blogged a couple of days ago, grrrrr….

 

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Cardamom sour cream waffles

 

Cardamom Sour-Cream Waffles

Adapted from the February issue of Gourmet Magazine

 

1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp salt

1 cup lowfat milk

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp dark honey

2 large eggs

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

 

Serve the waffles with yogurt, maple syrup and preserves (lingonberry if you can find them, if not any tart berry preserves such as raspberry cranberry preserves will do nicely.  You want a good berry flavor to compliment the floral flavor of the cardamom)

Preheat your waffle iron.

 

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, and salt.  In another bowl, whisk together milk, sour cream, vanilla, honey, eggs and melted butter.  Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just well combined.  Spray or brush the waffle iron with oil.  Cook waffles according to your waffle iron’s instructions.  Store waffles in a slightly warm oven until all of the waffles are cooked and you are ready to serve them.

     

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15 Comments

  1. Corinne said,

    March 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Hm.. cardamom?!? I haven’t used it but I absoutely love sour cream and sweet stuff paired together…

    I’ve read that corn starch makes for crispy waffles… We should conduct some research on that… I just liberated a brand-new-never-used waffle iron from my mother-in-law (one she obviously had no use for) and I’ve been dying to make some!

  2. mimi9 said,

    March 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I did a Google search and came up with a couple of articles about cornstarch helping to crisp up waffles. Now to just figure out how to use it!
    If you get to this experiment before I can, let me know how it works out for you!

  3. peabody said,

    March 25, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Now that’s a waffle!

  4. Kevin said,

    March 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    You should totally share with your co-workers… They eat Breakfast too!

  5. mimi9 said,

    March 26, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Kevin,
    I’ll bring the waffle iron on Friday. We’ll set it up on your desk. You get to bring the bacon. We’ll cook it in the microwave and pollute the whole office.

  6. Corinne said,

    April 2, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    how’s your dad?

  7. mimi9 said,

    April 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Corinne,
    Thanks for your concern about my Dad.
    I have good news. He is making excellent progress in his recovery. They want him to walk 2 miles per day now. This is good news because it is forcing my Mom the worrywart to go out and take that kind of walk with him so she is benefitting too. They are letting him drive already. I was pretty shocked at that news because we were originally told that he would need to take things extremely easy for six months but the doctors said it was ok.
    Before the surgery, my Dad was an excerciseaholic. The doctors said that besides the blockages in his arteries, he was in excellent health so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised he is progressing so well. He’s not the kind of guy who will sit still for six months.

  8. Corinne said,

    April 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Its amazing he had such heart problems even though he exercised! I am afraid for my husband, who doesn’t exercise but has begun to make the effort towards eating healthier… he has metabolic syndrome… he is on the verge of having hypoglycemia, which the doc made us feel was a stepping stone to diabetes…
    Anyways… thats good about him being able to walk more now… and GREAT that he is progressing fast.
    Maybe we should start walking, we bought an exercise bike with a giftcard, but the poor thing just sits in the corner neglected lol.

  9. scholli2000 said,

    April 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I’m glad to hear such good news about your dad. 🙂

    And, btw, your waffle is great! In both senses. The waffles are way thinner where I live.

  10. mimi9 said,

    April 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Scholli,
    I’ve never been to Belgium so I don’t know if the size of these waffles has anything to do with anything factual or if this is one of those silly American things or not but these thick style waffles are called Belgian waffles here.

  11. scholli2000 said,

    April 6, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    There are in fact thick in Belgium. The Belgian border is just 7km from where I live. It’s kind of a waffles border.* 🙂

    *That’s not really true cause in East Belgium live many Germans with a supposedly rather German waffles style. After further investigations I have to add to the written above that the Belgium wafflemap is quite confusing: In Flanders you get Brussels Waffels everywhere, while in Brussels the Brussels style waffles are which are called Liège style in Flanders. Or so. 😉

  12. mimi9 said,

    April 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    What a genius idea! Wouldn’t it be cool to make a pancake and waffle map of Europe with a legend on the side showing icons for the different styles of pancakes and waffles. Each region would be covered with the appropriate symbol for the style eaten there! 😀
    Well… I’m not sure who would use such a thing but it would be very interesting!

  13. scholli2000 said,

    April 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Let’s go! 🙂

  14. April 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Waffle and Pancake Map of the Known World…

    Hat jemand Lust, bei einer Jahrhundertaufgabe mitzumachen?
    Es handelt sich um ein Google-Map-Projekt. Mag sein, dass man einen Google-Account benötigt (haben blogger.com-Leute doch ohnehin schon, oder?). Dann kann man “Bearbeiten” anklicken…

  15. mimi9 said,

    April 10, 2008 at 12:45 am

    For anyone who is tuning in to this thread for the first time, Scholli actually is creating a google map of pancakes and waffles of the world that we can add to!! How fun! Comment #14 is the trackback back to his blog. Use google translate if like me you don’t speak german. Have fun!


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