Can a die-hard fluffy buttermilk pancake loving family be converted to the magically delicious Whole Wheat Waffles Recipe? What if the waffle batter is too runny? Never fear, the Practical Cook is here. (Assuming she avoids electrocution during this rather powerful storm that just kicked up.)
Today’s “Can this supper (or breakfast) be saved” comes to us from Blended Familia, who makes a mean pancake, and has a tried and true family recipe she’s used for years. But always willing to try something new, she quadrupled the Whole Wheat Waffles Recipe as suggested, and soldiered forth. Except, possibly distracted by the youngest member of her staff, BF Jr., there is some doubt about the quantity of milk added. Oops. But the cute factor is off the charts, so one can see how this happened.
This is a great recipe to make with the kids (or to have them make for you, perhaps in a few years). Because the whole wheat batter can take more abuse than a fluffy white flour recipe can, young helpers can stir to their delight.
But back to the issue at hand, runny batter. What to do? Wisely, Blended Familia simply added a bit more of the dry ingredients to absorb the extra liquid, without worrying too much about precise measurements.
Bonus Tip: Whole wheats are “thirstier” than whites. They also take some time to absorb. The Practical Cook often adds 3/4 of the milk required at the beginning, letting the batter sit while the waffle iron heats. After a couple of rounds of waffles, if the batter looks too thick, add a little more milk, and so on.
Bonus Tip 2: If you can’t make the batter thicken up enough for your waffle iron, consider making the batter as pancakes. No need to toss it out!
The thickening of the batter worked, the waffles were saved!
But how do they compare tastewise to the much-beloved recipe? While BF is still a fan of the sentimental recipe, the rest of the familia voted for the Whole Wheat Waffles Recipe as actually tasting better. Yes, better than white flour. Whole wheats and grains have flavor on their own, whereas traditional recipes are delish, but take on the flavor of butter and syrup.
With the bonus of this being such a forgiving recipe (no egg whites separated here), Blended Familia is making Whole Wheat Waffles her staple, with the fancy ones saved for holidays or other special occasions. Great job, and thanks for sharing those pictures!
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