We love them.
We are currently undergoing a makeover of Hayden's room. With that, comes a lot of dust and chaos in the house. Hayden wants to help. Of course! But all the dust and fumes are not good and we have to keep him away from his bedroom as much as possible. Convincing a hard headed, painfully stubborn 3.5 year old is not always easy. I always have to figure out creative ways to distract him from a potential drama. Today, it's the Waffles!
Having Hayden join me with food preparation is always fun. I love that he enjoys it and takes interest. Maybe he's got his cooking genes from me, after all.
So, whilst Lee locks himself in the bedroom sanding down the floors, ready to be painted, Hayden and i embarked on making Waffles in the kitchen. To a 3.5 year old, this is so much fun. It's like a little project to him.
Hayden helped me measure up, sifted all the dried ingredients and watched diligently while the KitchenAid did the whisking [he knows the whole process as if he's been making Waffles all his 3.5 years of life... ha ha!]. We both excitedly waited for the hot iron to cook the Waffles and immediately eat them all up whilst hot.
This is a moderated recipe for plain vanilla flavoured waffles. The measurements yields a lot of mini waffles more than enough for a family of four/five.
For toppings, you can have whatever your heart desires. Maple Syrup & Bacon is one of my favourites but fruits and honey is always a winner with Hayden. He also loves a scoop of ice cream on his and extra bowl of raspberries.
The waffle iron we have, is a stove top. It's very simple, no buttons operation. It simply goes on the stove top and i gauge timing for when it's ready. I usually give it a couple of minutes on each side and open the pan to check.
Please follow the instructions for heat and preparation of your waffle iron.
1 & ¾ Cup Plain Flour | 1 tbsp Baking Powder | ¼ tsp Table Salt | 1 & ¾ Cup Milk | ½ Cup Sunflower Oil | 2 Eggs | 1 Stalk Vanilla Pod
Combine and sift all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Separate the egg yolks and egg whites. Set aside.
Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape the beans with a teaspoon. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, put in the milk, sunflower oil, egg yolks and vanilla beans. Whisk until combined [2 minutes on medium setting]. Then, slowly and gradually add the dry ingredients whilst whisking. Once all ingredients are combined, stop and set aside.
Put the egg whites in a dry mixing bowl. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks.
On a stove top, pre-heat the waffle iron to medium.
Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, taking care not to deflate the egg whites. Keep folding until the batter is light and fluffy.
Spoon enough batter into the waffle iron and close. Cook until golden by turning both sides of your waffle iron.
Serve with the toppings of your choice.