Waffles have been a favorite of mine for many years. For a long time I only ever had the frozen kind but after making them from scratch, I can’t go back!
Over the years I’ve had a few different waffle makers. I love thick waffles, so I’ve always gotten Belgian Waffle Makers. My first was a Krups brand which made them just right, but it was a nightmare to clean. I got another one which was a rotating waffle maker and I totally loved it. Again, it was not easy to clean, though it was more fun than the Krups to use. The thought of having to clean the waffle maker usually lead to me making pancakes instead. I decided that the next one I get must have removable plates.
Along came the Cuisinart Griddler(GR-4N). This one grill replaced two items I already have and used – a Presto Griddle and a George Foreman grill. YAY! More space on the counter top. In addition, with the added waffle plates, it also replaces my rotating waffle maker. The best part? I can put the removable plates in the sink to wash.
Over the last year I’ve made great strides in tweaking recipes to be healthier over all and also reducing the amount of calories per serving. I used the recipe which came with the waffle plates just to test it out and simply tweaked the ingredients by using white whole wheat flour and almond milk. White whole wheat flour is a really great alternative to using all purpose flour. It has the same awesome health benefits as regular whole wheat and can be used in cookies, breads, pancakes, muffins and much more.
Basic Waffles Recipe
2 1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups reduced-fat milk
¹∕³ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
nonstick cooking spray
1. Put ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine until well blended and smooth.
2. Lightly coat waffle grid with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Pour batter onto waffle grid.
4. Let waffles bake for about 3 minutes to desired texture