Fannie Farmer teaching at the renowned Boston School of Cookery. The waffles we served at our North Market shop were based on Fannie's recipe.
Dear North Market Regulars,
You love our waffles. So do I. But it’s time for me to let them go. Originally we served them as a way to bring people to our market shop at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Almost eight years later, our business is thriving and we have learned that people are in fact hungry for ice cream in the early morning, even without a waffle. With all of our ice creams on the menu, our fluffy, yeast-raised waffles seem to go unnoticed.
So that you will never be without the tastiest, American-style yeast raised waffle, here is the recipe. It originated from my favorite cookbook, Fannie Farmer (the 1890’s version) but we have made some delicious changes. Follow the jump for our recipe...
- Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter is melted, 3 to 5 minutes
- Cool milk/butter mixture until warm to touch (80-105 degrees F, or thereabouts); if it's hot on a finger, it's too hot)
- Meanwhile, whisk flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl to combine; always refer to the yeast package for the specific temperature info, etc.; instant yeast does not need to be proofed in hot liquid; still, if the milk is too hot when mixed in the yeast will die; letting the batter raise overnight in the fridge controls the rate of rise while allowing flavor to build.
- Gradually whisk warm milk/butter mixture into flour mixture; continue to whisk until batter is smooth.
- In a small bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla until combined, then add egg mixture to batter and whisk until incorporated; crape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 12 and up to 24 hours.
- Following manufacturer's instructions, heat waffle iron
- Remove waffle batter from refrigerator when waffle iron is hot (batter will be foamy and double in size)
- Whisk batter to recombine (batter will deflate)
- Bake waffles according to manufacturer's instructions (use about 1/2 cup for a 7" round iron or about 1 cup for a 9" square iron), for 4 minutes
- Serve immediately, or keep warm on a single-layer baking rack in a 200-degree oven