Authentic Belgium Waffles

My mom used to always make fresh waffles for my brothers and me, and would always rave about how good they were, especially because they were so much more fluffy than the egos we would get on school days. I always loved her waffles and thought they were a delicious breakfast food, until I went to Blegium. The waffles in Belgium were amazing and would melt in your mouth. They needed no syrup and could be eaten as dessert or a snack (not exclusively for breakfast). There was a little cart on the Meir that I dubbed the best waffles, and I searched far and wide upon my return to the states for somewhere that could be at least half as good.

ImageAs far as finding a place I am still out of luck, but this is a recipe I stumbled upon from another blog that is pretty close to these gifts from God. Just be aware that the sugar will caramelize and can easily get stuck in each of the crevices of the iron; after making the waffles a few times, we have dedicated a waffle iron for these ones specifically. Don’t be afraid though, because they are definitely worth it 🙂

Here’s what you need:

6 tablespoons warm milk
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/2 cups sifted bread flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 eggImage yolk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup turbinado sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
Cooking spray

Here’s what you do:

Dissolve the sugar in warm milk, then add this to the yeast. Cover the bowl and set it aside for five minutes or so. In a separate bowl, mix the bread flour with the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a stand mixer. At this point, the yeast mixture should have bubbled up, and should be light brown and spongy. Pour the yeast in with the dry ingredients, and add the whole egg and the egg yolk. Mix it all together on medium until everything is combined.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about thirty minutes.

Once risen, beat in the butter one tablespoon at a time. The dough will be very thick at this point. Next, pour in the sugar and knead very gently. You want to evenly distribute the sugars, without softening the dough too much.

Separate the dough into twelve even balls, cover, and let rise for fifteen minutes.

Preheat the waffle iron and then spray with cooking oil (I had the iron on the lowest temperature). Place one dough ball on each section of the waffle iron and let it cook until the surface is golden brown. You want to make sure not to overcook the waffles, because they can become dry very easily. When I made them, it was surprising how quick they would get to that color.

You can place the finished waffles on a cooling rack as each one is done and sprinkle powdered sugar over each of them.

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Biggest Pet Peeve

This past summer I went to the grocery store with my dad and we were putting back our cart, but decided to leave it on the median. Yes, I understand that is very lazy behavior, but we had a very busy day and were feeling rather lazy. As I was climbing into the front seat and my dad was putting the cart back, this little old woman approached him. “Can I use your cart please?” she asked him. “Of course!” he replied and he began to hand over the car, “because that is my biggest pet peeve when people leave their carts out” she quickly snapped back. Since that event we have always put back our carts, but it has also turned into a little joke between the two of us every time we see something that could fall in the pet peeve category. Every so often I will send him a photo or will receive one with a cart in the middle of the street or something else along those lines. Here are some of our pet peeves:ImageImageImage

Welcome World

This is a blog that I have created to document my last semester of college and (theoretically) a long time after that. I love to craft, spend time with my family and friends, go on adventures, and of course bake and eat. While I am studying marketing, I would love to one day open up a small bakery and experiment with different recipes and flavors. I love to bake, but it definitely does get expensive and somewhat wasteful. By opening a bakery, I would be able to do all that I love without breaking the bank and overindulging on goodies that I would not want to waste. This past Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to try a few new recipes, including a chocolate chess pie, cranberry curd, and cranberry scones. Unfortunately, I made such a mess of the kitchen that I was unable to take any photos of the creations. Now that I have created this blog, I want to be able to share my projects and advice. I look at life like a roller coaster; we are already strapped in, going up the hill, there’s nothing we can do about it so we might as well rolllllllll with it!!!!

As a side note, I absolutely hate roller coasters and do get much anxiety on and around them…