Taylor the Husband requested that I cook some waffles for a picture. He likes making paintings with waffles in them. It’s weird, but whatever. Sure, I’ll make some waffles. ”Tis the season, so the everyday run-of-the-mill waffles just won’t do. Pumpkin packed its bags and hit the road the day after Thanksgiving, so pumpkin waffles weren’t an option. Hmmm. Peppermint? No, now I’m just being gross. Gingerbread? By George, I’ve got it!
Taylor the Husband ate two gingerbread waffles! Two. This is a man who only eats until he’s juuuuust satisfied. It explains how he keeps that girlish figure. But somehow he packed two away. So, yes, that’s my proof that they are irresistibly tasty.
Makes 7 waffles in a Belgian waffle maker.
- 2 cup flour
- 2 tbsp cornmeal
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk*
- 2 eggs, separated
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- salted butter and real maple syrup for serving
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves.
- In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, 2 egg yolks, and the molasses. Set aside.
- Beat the egg whites with a mixer until you have stiff peaks.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and whisk until it just comes together. It will be lumpy, and that’s good.
- Fold the egg whites into the batter. You’ll now have a nice, fluffy batter.
- Just before putting your batter in the waffle iron, add the butter to the batter.
- Follow your waffle iron instructions and make those delicious babies. To keep the waffles warm and nice and crispy for serving, heat your oven to its lowest setting. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and place in the oven. When your waffles come out of the iron, put them on the cooling rack in the oven.
- Serve in bed to your lover, along with a strong, hot coffee. Or to your whining kids who are wondering when breakfast is going to be ready. Whichever.
* I never, I mean NE-VA have buttermilk on hand. Instead, I poured 2 tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar into my liquid measuring cup. I then added my milk up to the 1 3/4 cup measurement. Let it sit for 10 minutes of so, and then you have “buttermilk”.