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Basic Buttermilk Waffles

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Last night, the wait was finally over…. That’s right, the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere was upon us! Are any of you guys GoT fanatics like I am? It’s like an obsession at my house. We talk about GoT more than just about anything else. It’s crazy. I love it.

I was really resistant to watching the show at first. Peter had read the books and watched the first couple of seasons and thought I would like it, but I was skeptical. Some weird drama set in what looked like the middle ages with dragons and zombies and stuff? No thank you. But Peter nagged the crap out of me, so I finally gave in and agreed to watch a couple of episodes a few years ago. I mainly said yes just to shut him up and told him that after 3 episodes, I was done and he had to leave me alone about it.

I clearly had no idea what was in store for me! By the end of the third episode, I was completely hooked. We went on a GoT binge and watched the first 4 seasons in the matter of a couple of weeks. I would actually call Peter on my way home from work (I was working 7am-7pm shifts at the time) to make sure he would have an episode cued up and ready to go by the time I got home. It was ridiculous.

I was lucky in the fact that Peter already had a good understanding of the storyline and the characters (and there are A LOT of characters and plot lines to keep track of), so I was able to pause the show and ask questions when I needed to. I truly don’t understand how anybody is able to just sit down and start watching this show without any background information. I’m sure people do it all the time, but I would have been way too confused in the beginning.

Since we had rewatched the entire series from the beginning over the last couple of months, Peter and I couldn’t wait to head over to our friend Derek’s apartment last night to finally enjoy the premiere (shout out to Derek for letting us steal his HBO Go login for the last few years!). I won’t discuss the actual show at all because I believe people who give away spoilers should have a special place reserved for them in hell. But it was fabulous while also being incredibly frustrating due to the amount of questions it raised. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season turns out!

Because I was in a pre-GoT-premiere induced high when I woke up yesterday, I actually decided to make us a nice breakfast, which is a rarity in our house. Usually Peter gets up before me on the weekends thanks to his inability to ignore the dog when he wants his breakfast, so we rarely eat breakfast together. But I actually woke up at a decent hour on Sunday, and had a hankering for waffles that just wouldn’t go away. So I whipped us up a batch!

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These basic buttermilk waffles are so easy to make and chances are, you already have all the ingredients you need. The only exception to that statement would be a probable lack of buttermilk, but since you can make your own buttermilk at home using regular milk (1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice), that’s not even an excuse. I happened to have some leftover buttermilk in the fridge from the dessert-making spree I went on a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t need to make it myself, but I’ve used that trick plenty of times.

I just love how light and fluffy these waffles are! It’s just a nice change from my usual Eggo toaster waffles, which are good in a pinch but just aren’t as good as homemade, no matter how much syrup you put on them. These waffles have a crispness when they first come off of the waffle iron which I love, but get soft and chewy if you let them sit under a piece of aluminum foil while you finish making the rest of the batter, which I love even more. Trust me, they’re delicious either way.

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Buttermilk Waffles

Servings: 8 waffles

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup regular milk + 1 tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg, separated

 

  1. Plug in waffle iron.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add buttermilk, melted butter, and egg yolk. Mix until ingredients are fully blended.
  3. In a separate small bowl using a hand mixer on high speed, beat egg white until stiff peaks form. Stir 1/4 of the egg white into the batter, then gently fold in the rest of the egg white.
  4. Lightly spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Spoon about 1/4-1/3 cup of batter onto each waffle plate on the iron (amount needed will vary depending on the size of your waffle iron). Close lid until waffles are cooked through (my waffle iron has a light that comes on when the waffles are done). Gently lift waffles off of the iron using a fork or butter knife. Repeat until all batter has been used, making sure to lightly coat the waffle iron with cooking spray before pouring in batter each time to prevent sticking.

 

Author: gingerandoregano

Wife. Nurse. Soon-to-be mother. Lover of all things pasta. Ginger.

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