06 February 2008

Breakfast for supper

It doesn't take much for me to pounce on breakfast. I'm more than happy to scramble an egg or two, fry some mushrooms or whip up some pancakes. And as anyone who meets me in Toronto, or comes out here knows, my first restaurant suggestion is usually one of a handful of favourite breakfast or brunch specialists.
So when Dear Friend agreed to come over yesterday to alleviate me of my wireless woes (hence the reason I'm posting this today, and not yesterday), I knew what we'd have for supper.

I know, I know, most people go for Pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, but not me, not this time. Don't get me wrong--I'm a happy flapjack-flippin' fiend--but this time, waffles beckoned. Not just any waffle, but gingerbread waffles.

I grew up only knowing toaster waffles--frozen, cardboard-like discs studded with the remnants of freezerburned, deccicated blueberries. Sure they were a bit thin and tasted of petroleum byproducts, but that woven pattern--with all those valleys just waiting to cup a few drops of maple syrup or honey or some freshly melted butter were just bliss to the seven-year old I was.

Later I discovered what I thought of as restaurant-styled waffles: light, crispy...and unlike toaster waffles, their sheer size meant that one usually sufficed. If I was blissful with my grocer's freezer's offerings, I was in sheer ecstasy over real waffles.

I don't know what possessed my parents to buy a waffle iron, when I was in university. I can only guess at a happy combination of my father's love affair with all things gadgetty, and my mother's obsession with many things kitchenny. I'm only happy my father didn't try and build one, sight unseen.

So, there we were with a waffle iron...and no recipes--the instrument must have come with some, but for whatever reason, we didn't try them. My mum tried using pancake batter, and then variants of that batter (including one that used chopped bacon) but they didn't work out well...we were stumped. I'd told them of the waffles I'd had at restaurants and they wanted to try their hands at making some.

Back then--before the time of blogs, before the Web was more than a single silken thread, and when Usenet was the place to be (well...for some of us), I posted a request for waffle recipes; a wonderful person named Linda helped me out.

Her Gingerbread Waffles are to me, the perfect waffle--not too sweet and lightly spiced, and they fill the kitchen with a wonderful, almost Christmassy aroma. They are quite popular with everyone who's tried them--no one says no to these. Heck, I even had a marriage proposal because of them (of course I said "no"...he was only interested in my baked goods).

I prefer them pooled in sticky, smoky maple syrup with little rivulets of melted butter, but they are equally good with dollops of whipped cream or warmed caramelised apple slices.

Linda's Gingerbread Waffles

260g plain flour
1 dspn (2tsp) baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1Tbsp sugar
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground cloves
3 egg yolks
125ml melted butter
375ml whole milk
3 egg whites

Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. Mix together the yolks, butter and milk. Add the milky yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Set aside while you beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold the whites into the batter and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Truth be told, I usually make the batter the night before and let it sit in the fridge, tightly wrapped.



Sam said...

I, too, am a big fan of breakfast for supper. I even threw a party based around the concept for my 2006 birthday. I don't know of anyone who dislikes breakfast foods. They bring me comfort. Always.

glamah16 said...

Breakfast food is for anytime for me!

Astrid Keel said...

Oh yum! I love breakfast for dinner, and I love waffles even more! Glad to see that you're back with us and hope that beezelbub doesn't give you more trouble... :)

Anonymous said...

You know, you can also preheat your oven to about 250F and, whenever a waffle is done, place it in the oven, straight on the rack. It'll add crispiness to the waffle, but still leave the inside light and fluffy, especially using the separated eggs method.

Deborah said...

I could eat breakfast for dinner at least once a week! And these waffles sound amazing.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Oh, I have to get a waffle iron! These sound delicious -- breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes dear Jasmine, breakfast/brunch is really a favorite meal for me to eat out or in! And I'm equally happy for a breakfast dinner.
These waffles topped with apples would be heaven in my book.

Jaime said...

mmmm, i love ginger! i also love breakfast for dinner :)

i just joined the DB this month, just checking out everyone else’s blogs, wanted to say hello :)

Jenny said...

My kids love it when I do breakfast for dinner as well. I should send you the recipe for my shortbread waffles for a really decadent waffle!

Brilynn said...

Have you ever been to Aunties and Uncles for brunch? It's the cutest place ever.

I miss my waffle maker...

jasmine said...

Hello all

Thanks for your comments.

Michel: Thanks for the great pointer!

Brilynn: No--hadn't heard of them--next time I`m in TO I should try them out--thanks for the tip :)