New reader Christie writes in (edited slightly for length):
First wanted you to know that my family seriously loved both the crock pot beef stew and the risotto. I admit I had my doubts while making the risotto, it seemed like an awful lot of liquid. My husband kept looking at the rice and making comments. But by the end it was super creamy and delicious!
My experience with your waffles recipe was less overwhelming. The texture of the waffles was absolutely perfect, light and airy. They were however, to be blunt, bland. My four teenage boys (not seriously picky I might add) each had about one (a minuscule amount for a bunch of teenage boys) and I threw out about a 1/3 of the batter – unheard of in this household! Any suggestions to improve the taste? I’ve always used the “Classique Fare Belgian waffle mix” from my local Wegmans, and the taste is decent. I’ve never found another brand to taste as good. However they are not nearly as light and airy as yours, and are sometime downright soggy. So I’d love to perfect your recipe. What is missing? Vanilla? I’m not sure.
Christie makes a good point. CK's waffle recipe isn't sweetened or sugared up like many store-bought waffle products. Instead, our waffle recipe is mild. In fact, I consider it a vehicle for maple syrup more than anything else. This might explain why kids might not like it, unless of course they can dump a ton of maple syrup on top. And please, please don't tell me you used fake syrup with these waffles.
However, if you're looking to turn CK's waffle recipe into something with more "pop" and a more assertive flavor profile, here are some variations to try:
Cinnamon. Add 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon to the dry ingredients.
Vanilla, as you suggest. A teaspoon should be enough. Add to the egg yolks/milk/oil.
Chocolate bits. Gently fold in 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup as you fold in the egg whites.
Cayenne pepper. Yes, cayenne pepper! Add 1/2 teaspoon to the dry ingredients.
Here at Casual Kitchen we sometimes add oats to the recipe too (about 1/3 cup--also be sure to add a little bit more milk to keep the liquid/solid ratio constant), or we will add a combination of the ideas above: oats+cinnamon; vanilla+chocolate, etc. Finally, fruit and whipped cream could be a tasty, if less healthy, option to consider too.
Readers, what suggestions do you have for jazzing up breakfast waffles? And if you try out any of the variations I've shared above, let me know your results!
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