Monday, June 09, 2008

Waffle Wonderfulness

Being a homebody, a weekend away from the family is a rare thing in my world. So when Walker needed to travel up to Puyallup to strut his stuff at a dog show last weekend, I headed up north to see what it was all about. The plan was to stay with Corgi breeders Kim and Mark of Samhain Cardigans on their one-acre spread in Auburn, along with Léo, artist, blogger and breeder at Morio Cardigans, and Kim of Coedwig Cardigans.

All in all there were 10 dogs outnumbering the six adults, so they had a glorious time running themselves ragged in the yard when we weren't trooping them back and forth from the show. Walker didn't run away with the Best in Show ribbon in his teeth, but he had a great time playing with Casper, Mirage, Lilac and Kayla. Plus Léo was kind enough to share the recipe for her amazing waffles that we all (including the dogs) agreed were quite fantastic topped with Breyer's vanilla ice cream and whole fresh strawberries.

Amazing Morio Waffles

2 1/4 c. flour, bleached all-purpose
3/4 c. cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. sugar
1-2 tsp. cinnamon
2 1/2- 3 c. buttermilk
3/4 c. butter, melted
2 eggs, separated
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Get waffle iron hot.

In bowl whisk the dry ingredients. In large mixing bowl whisk the wet ingredients except the whites, 1 Tbsp. sugar and vanilla. Stir them all together.

Beat egg whites until stiff, add vanilla and 1 Tbsp. sugar and beat to stiffen again. Fold into rest of batter. The waffle iron should heat all over, not just the center, for the best crisp waffle. As waffles are done, place them in the oven directly on the rack to keep warm and crisp. Do not stack or waffles will lose crispness from the steam they produce. Top with Dickinson's Pumpkin Butter for extra special yumminess.

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