I've posted about overnight waffles before, but I wasn't very impressed with them so I've been making Waffles of Insane Greatness instead whenever I want waffles. Then I discovered this recipe and everything changed. I still love the Waffles of Insane Greatness, especially if I want waffles now and not tomorrow, but the flavor you get from letting the yeasted batter sit overnight is so amazing and complex and worth the wait. Unlike the overnight waffle recipe I tried previously, these waffles stay crispy, especially if you keep them in a warm oven while you make the rest of the batch. They also freeze very well, which is good because the recipe makes quite a lot of waffles. I just pop them in my toaster oven in the morning like an Eggo waffle.
The original version of the recipe has you letting the batter sit out overnight on the counter at room temperature. If that freaks you out, you can always let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, but you will lose a little of the flavor. The first time I made these, I read the recipe wrong and added the eggs with everything else so I let it rise in the fridge. The second time I added the eggs after letting it sit out overnight, and both times were pretty great so just do what you feel comfortable with. The recipe also scales up and down pretty well; I've made a half batch when I've only had 1 egg as well as a 6x batch for a ski trip!
Marion Cunningham's Yeast-Raised Waffles (from The Breakfast Book)
makes about 12 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron
1/2 cup warm water, about 100°F
1 packet (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
2 cups milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a large bowl and let dissolve while you measure the rest of the ingredients. Add the milk, melted butter, salt, sugar, and flour and whisk until combined. Cover and let sit overnight on your counter or in the refrigerator.
In the morning, whisk in the eggs and baking soda. Cook in a waffle iron and serve warm. Waffles will freeze well; just reheat in a toaster or toaster oven.
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