Pre Ash Wednesday there was a flurry of postings on my church’s facebook page. People were excited about the youth group’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper but I posted wondering why it couldn’t be Shrove Tuesday Waffle Supper? Cause if someone threatened to upend a bowl of batter over my head I’d have to tell the truth and say honestly that I prefer a plate of waffles to a stack of pancakes any day. In my opinion waffles rule (though I make an exception for cottage cheese pancakes).
Shrove Tuesday is intended to use up all the butter and eggs in your pantry so you’re ready for a lean and light forty days of Lent but what I don’t understand is who chose pancakes over waffles? Both batters use many of the same ingredients, while waffles have the added bonus of all those wonderful squares that you can pour maple syrup into or plunk in some fruit. The one pancake-y exception I hope to make someday is entering a pancake race. Can’t you just see me running down the street, saute pan in hand, flipping as I go? I’m sure my altar guild would sponsor me.
Despite the wonderful pancakes served up by our youth group (yes, we went traditional) by the time the weekend rolled around I was hankering for a plateful of waffles. I made a double batch of buttermilk waffles because (please don’t tell the Lenten police) I hadn’t use up all the butter and eggs in my kitchen pre Ash Wednesday.
Look at the picture above to see how perfectly one raspberry fits in a single waffle square (at least in the squares formed by our waffle machine). After I’ve fruitified I fill the other squares with maple syrupy goodness. Of course the extra bonus is that if you double your batter you can always make extra waffles to freeze and have later for a quick breakfast (think homemade eggos). If you don’t have any extra freezer space simply cut the batter recipe below in half and make enough to eat in one sitting.
Buttermilk Waffles (double batch)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 stick butter (1/4 pound), melted
3 cups buttermilk (plus a little more if necessary)
Preheat your waffle iron. I make the ones for eating right then a little darker and crispier than the ones I intend to freeze and toast later.
Separately mix together the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients, then and combine together and whisk until almost all the lumps are gone. Waffle batter tends to be a little thicker than pancake batter, but if the batter seems too thick to pour you can thin it down with a little more buttermilk. Spray the waffle iron with vegetable oil before the first waffle, then pour into preheated waffle iron and bake until crisp. You shouldn’t need to respray after the first waffle. Yield will vary depending on the size of your waffle iron. Serve with maple syrup and fruit.
If you’re making extra to save for later cool them on racks before bagging them to freeze.