Recipe: The Waffle of Insane Greatness

by Andrea Ruth and Marilyn Friedman    


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Short and Sweet: The Art of The Short Story
Get Your Grimm On: Finding Your Inner Fairy Tale
Writing The Royalty Free Screenplay
Period Piece Power: Crafting A Historical Masterpiece

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So You Want To Be A Writer? (ONLINE)
Plot It Out: Mapping A Compelling Journey
Be A Troublemaker! Mastering The Art of Conflict

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Writing Pad Show and Tell
I Would Never Do That: A Taboo Tales Workshop
Your Name In Print: Get Your Story Published

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The Found Story: Finding Your Story In The Street
Girls Gone Wild: Writing For The Female Audience
Microbudget Madness: Writing A Script You Can Actually Go Out and Shoot!
Get Your Foot In The Door: Develop Your Dream Script

Andrea says:
“I didn’t start out as a waffle person. I didn’t like the idea of starting my day with a griddled cake covered in butter and syrup. A few years ago, I took a job making waffle pops for a holiday party, and I had to come up with a damn good recipe. I stumbled upon the “Waffle of Insane Greatness,” and boy were they great! I made 12 liters of waffle batter based on that recipe. We had many subsequent waffle parties in an attempt to use up the batter, and we never got tired of the waffles.  They were that delicious.

But I just had to monkey with the recipe. I couldn’t resist making them with a little less oil, a little whole wheat flour, a banana or some pecans, etc.  The following recipe is a waffle of INSANE greatness to be sure, but it’s also good for you! It’s a bit more grown up: a sweet breakfast for people who don’t really dig sweet breakfasts. And you can feel good eating them five times a week.

To that end here’s a tip: double the recipe on Sunday morning, make all the waffles, (not too well done), cool them on a wire rack, and freeze them in a ziplock bag. You can pop them in the toaster all week long.” 

Thanks, Andrea!  These waffles sound fantastic.  I can’t wait to try making them myself.  Yum, yum, yum!

The Waffle of Insane Greatness
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/4 cup Unbleached White Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
Between 3 and 4 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
A few shakes of cinnamon
Optional: chopped pecans or walnuts, mashed banana

Directions: Combine all dry ingredients, whisk together in a big bowl. Add buttermilk, oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix. Add cinnamon, nuts (if using) mashed banana (if using).  Let it stand in the refrigerator while the iron heats up. You don’t have to spray the iron. But you can if it makes you feel better. But only spray it once!

A few suggestions: serve with warm maple syrup (drop your maple syrup in a bowl of hot water while you cook). Take out your butter first so that its not ice cold by the time you need it.  Experiment! Add mashed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice instead of banana and cinnamon. Use all white flour. Use almost all wheat flour (you want to retain at least 3 Tbsp of white flour for the texture to be good). Add mini chocolate chips (wipe your waffle iron afterwards). Go crazy!