One of the recipes I’ve had waiting in my “to try” file for a long, long time is for waffles made with yeast. It’s a very simple recipe but has to be made in a two step process, and for some reason I have not been able to remember this fact until I actually have the recipe in my hand. I came across it again last night and decided to give it a try!
Last night I did the first step and mixed up the batter. This basically involved beating all the first ingredients together until the batter was smooth. The recipe instructions said to leave the batter to rise at room temperature overnight. I’m never real thrilled with leaving milk at room temperature for any length of time, so I let the batter rise at room temperature until it had doubled in volume, then I punched it down, covered it, put it in the refrigerator… and went to bed. This morning I moved on to the second step, which was beating in the eggs and some baking soda. Again I used the mixer and this process took only a couple of minutes, even though I had a lot of batter because I tripled the recipe.
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The recipe was a little hard to decipher because it was written in very bad handwriting on the back of an envelope. I can say this because I don’t remember whose handwriting this would be. There are no instructions beyond a note that this person usually has to adjust the flour amount depending on humidity and type of flour used. I just made sure the batter was the same consistency as a regular waffle batter and the waffles turned out great. If anyone is interested in trying these yeast waffles, here is the rather abbreviated recipe as it was given to me:
1 package dry yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water, 2 cups milk, 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 3 cups sifted flour. Beat well with mixer and leave at room temperature overnight. In the morning beat in 2 eggs and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Bake in waffle iron until waffle stops steaming.
So what was the difference between these waffles and the waffles that I usually make? Like my regular waffles, these yeast waffles had a slightly crispy outside… the inside was soft… and were light and not sweet (very little sugar in the recipe so they would also be excellent eaten with something savory). The biggest difference was in the flavor… an indescribable “something” that made them absolutely delicious! The majority of this batch was frozen for later reheating in the toaster, but my family still managed to chow down more than a few, topped with homemade blueberry sauce made from the blueberries we picked this summer. This one is definitely a keeper.