(If all you need is a great, easy homemade waffle recipe, scroll to the bottom for the condensed version. It is LEGIT!)
1 Pot Waffles–(I of course mean mixing bowl, but the word pot just creates such lovely assonance, so…I mean I guess you can mix this in a pot, but probably use a bowl. Whatever…)
If you’ve ever made homemade waffles, you know it can get messy. There are multiple bowls involved (one for dry, one for wet ingredients), there’s messy egg separating, there’s “folding”, and there’s so much gunk all over your kitchen at the end, is it really worth it? The headache often kept me from making them in the past.
UNTIL I FOUND THIS RECIPE! IT IS MY FAVORITE AND YOU MAKE IT IN ONE BOWL, NO EGG SEPARATING!!!!! K, I just love this recipe…
This can be super quick, OR here’s how it goes down if you are cooking with my crazies.
1) Invite Cora and Hank to kitchen to make memories. Distribute aprons to all. Each will have to be cinched up at the neck with a
rubber band (pinches my hair), a small hair clip (keeps snapping off), or just never mind they’re going to get it all over themselves anyway. Hank will slip on improperly altered apron splitting open his lip. It will need a band-aid. Band-aids do not go on lips, so this will take several minutes to attend to. He will “tase blood” the rest of the waffle making time so just prepare to apologize again and again, and keep denying requests for band-aids.
2) Eggs– Recipe calls for 2, awesome, no fight. Give each kid an egg and firmly instruct SEVERAL times not to crack anything until you are ready. Cora will ask the exact same question again and again with no breath “Can I crack mine by myself? Can I crack mine by myself?” (honestly, one time I’m just going to wait and see if she ever passes out from lack of oxygen). Just as you answer Cora “No, I will help you” you will notice that Hank is obediently not cracking his egg, but has punched his thumbs through the shell anyway. Clean egg off the counter, the bowl, Hank, the cabinets, the floor, and the stool he is standing on. As Cora has still NOT stopped requesting to crack her own egg, you take it from her, retrieve a new one from the carton and CALMLY explain you will be cracking the eggs, and if children do not follow directions more patiently we will have to stop making waffles.
At this point, mix the eggs on high until fluffy. This will take 2-3 minutes which is good because each child will have adequate time to “help” you operate the beaters. Beware that Hank knows how to start them without you, so watch your hair and fingers, and after eggs are beaten, make sure he doesn’t give the kitchen an egg-wash.
3) Add the rest of the ingredients. Phew, easy step. HA! I mean…flour…
- 2 Cups Flour–hooray, each gets to do a cup, no fighting. Help both of them, they have terrible wrist strength and control. Make mental note to set-up some brilliant fine motor skills activity for next week
- 1 3/4 Cup of Milk–Cora’s turn (Hank will cry) again, watch those wrists
- 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil–Hank’s turn (Cora will cry) At this point, Hank will be consumed by a persistent and uncontrollable desire to “smell it” repeatedly. Watch him or there WILL be toddler boogers in your waffle batter…
I forgot to mention, Cora is “that kid” and throughout the ENTIRE experience she will proudly and obnoxiously point out that SHE didn’t crack her egg all over the kitchen, and SHE didn’t put her face in the bowl and sneeze, and SHE waits until you are finished pouring liquid before she flings the measuring cup in the general direction of the bowl… So, put on your patient smile! Carry on…
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt (Have fun with all these tiny measurements! My grabby grabbers think our kitchen is plagued by gale force winds and ingredients MUST BE PUT IN THE BOWL AS QUICKLY AS THEY LEAVE THEIR CONTAINERS! POUR! POUR! POUR!)
If the ingredient is white and/or powdery, my children “need a taste” for quality assurance (thanks to Ace, their grandfather who taught them to stick their licked fingers into sugar while helping them mix hummingbird food). Cora has learned that sugar is really the only thing that tastes good before baking. Hank has not. Just let him taste (don’t contaminate batter clearly, get creative). Someday, surely he’ll learn? Right? Memory like a goldfish sometimes… Anyway, be prepared for sneaky saliva fingers and awesome faces as he tries to pretend he enjoyed that fingerful of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract–Again, the Hankster. He’s obsessed with smell. He makes me smell everything before he eats it. I’m not sure if he’s having me check for poisons or is just trying to experience everything together. But this one is tricky, because vanilla smells lovely! He will try to lick it…be on guard…
4) Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Did you make it? Are they both still in the kitchen? Impressive! Not everyone always makes it to the end…children are frequently banished in the name of breakfast not turning into a late lunch…
5) Kick out any and all children remaining in the kitchen. They can NOT listen about touching the waffle maker, so just don’t. They’re worse than the Bluths, “Go ahead, touch the cornballer! You know best!” You’ve already had plenty of messes and bloody lips, so send them to set the table or to tell dad we’re almost ready! Don’t forget to carefully remove all aprons or Hank will again forget his feet and bust something else open. Cora will tell you how patient and careful SHE is while wearing her apron… You go ahead and heat your waffle maker and use as directed.
How ever many spills, injuries, and tears have occurred during this particular Making
Messes Memories with Mom session, you have also certainly enjoyed many giggles, smiles, successes, and triumphs. And you almost certainly have something resembling waffles, which is always a win.
I LOVE including my crazies in the kitchen, just as long as we don’t have anywhere to be until after lunch…
In all seriousness, here is the recipe in condensed form! It truly is easy, one bowl, and may introduce homemade waffles into your routine much more frequently! You’re welcome? I’m sorry? Either way, enjoy! Follow the link for original source and some tips for healthy substitutions if that’s your jam.
–2 cups all-purpose flour
–1 3/4 Cups milk
–1/2 Cup vegetable oil
–1 Tablespoon sugar
–4 teaspoons baking powder
–1/4 teaspoon salt
–1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl until fluffy (2-3 minutes)
Beat in flour, milk, oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth
Spray preheated waffle iron w/ non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.