JJ's Diner Belgian Waffles
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Serves: 6-8
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned
  • ½ cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups milk, room temperature
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • maple syrup, for serving
  • whipped cream, for serving (optional, but I highly recommend it)
  • fruit, for serving
  1. First, brown your butter. Place your butter in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes, until it's an amber color with a nutty fragrance. Allow to cool to at least room temperature before adding to the batter (if you don't, the batter will curdle when the hot butter hits the cool milk, so don't say I didn't warn you).
  2. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the warm water, and allow to sit for 5 minutes or so, until foaming. Whisk in the milk, then the cooled butter, then gently whisk in the flour and salt until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight on the counter.
  3. In the morning (or at night, because hey, waffles make a perfectly good dinner), whisk together the eggs with the baking soda, then whisk them into the batter until well combined. Heat your waffle maker according to the manufacturer's directions.
  4. Add the recommended amount to the hot waffle maker (mine is a large Belgian waffle maker and I used about ¾ cup of batter for each waffle - the first one is always a test waffle and something for the chef to snack on while the rest of the waffles cook, though; remember that). My waffles took about 3 minutes in total - you want them to be golden and slightly crispy. You can preheat your oven to 250 degrees F to keep your other waffles warm until they are all done, then drizzle with plenty of maple syrup, whipped cream, and fruit, like sliced strawberries and blueberries.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2012/02/29/jjs-diner-belgian-waffles/