Magic Make-Ahead Waffles

A while ago, The Dadler happened to mention to me (after a bit of wine?) that he makes the best waffles ever.

Hmmmmm, I thought. Is that a challenge?

“Really?” I replied nonchalantly. “What’s your secret?” The first rule of battle is to know your opponent’s secret weapon.

“Yeast,” he said. “And they sit overnight.” Well that wasn’t hard…way to hold your hand close, Dadler.

Actually, we have been eating yeast waffles (ew, did I really just type yeast waffles – that sounds like a female hygiene emergency) for years in our family. But Dadler’s friendly reminder about how good they are was a great reason to pull them out again this week. I’ve tried several recipes over the years, but I always come back to this simple, straightforward one. Once you try these, you won’t go back to the non-yeast version. Crisp on the outside, light as air on the inside…you can’t botch these up.

Magic Make-Ahead Waffles

Magic Make-Ahead Waffles

Ingredients

My kids call these "Magic Waffles" because we mix them before bed and they're ready to bake in the morning. This week I actually mixed them up in the morning and cooked 'em for dinner!

2 cups milk (not skim)

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white sugar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, but I love it)

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until it bubbles, then remove from heat. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine milk, yeast mixture, butter, salt, sugar and flour. Use a mixer to beat until smooth. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6-8 hours (or overnight).

Just before baking, stir in eggs and baking soda into the batter; mix well.

Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

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