Team waffle or team pancake? Like Leslie Knope, we are adamantly team waffle (syrup pockets!). Waffles can be used for sweet or savory purposes but the most alluring attribute, in my opinion, is how easy they are to store in the freezer and toast for breakfast over several weeks.
If you want to make waffles on the regular, you need a great waffle maker. Trust me, while we do love waffles, I had to be bribed to make them because our former waffle maker from college was a piece of junk. A bad waffle maker means the actual waffle production process is awful. A flimsy base (especially for a model that you rotate), inadequately heated plates and uneven heat distribution mean that every waffle spills and sticks to the waffle iron. So with all that complaining out of the way, let me write a love letter to our upgraded waffle maker like this one from All-Clad.
This waffle maker is sleek, sturdy and easy to store since it doesn’t take up excessive space due to an unnecessary raised base or bulky exterior. The plates get HOT and have a great temperature adjustment variation. No waffles I have made to date on this after several batches have stuck. At all. And that makes it ridiculously easy to clean.
While I highly recommend the waffle base recipe I make in this recipe I get it if weighing ingredients and using whole wheat pastry flour isn’t your thing. I’m realistic. The reason I use grams in this recipe is because it’s just so much more precise, especially when using a yeast. Before I became a grams over cups convert for much (but not all) of my baking, this would have annoyed me. So here’s what I’ll say: make the waffles you want (I do like whole wheat flour for the nuttiness) and mix in shredded coconut and spices like we do here, paired with this citrus topping combination.
Since it is peak citrus season, take advantage of varieties you may not regularly see. Citrus is bright and fresh, and for those of us not in California, it’s like the only glimpse of fruit we see for several more weeks until strawberry season. Using citrus in winter definitely has its benefits. Citrus contains vitamin C which may reduce the risk of heart disease and also supports your immune system. Zesting or peeling oranges can help create a peaceful atmosphere thanks to the natural compound linalool found in its oil. Meanwhile, lycopene containing cara cara navel oranges boast 20% more vitamin C and almost 30% more vitamin A than a standard navel orange. Also, they just taste good and that should be a perfect start.