Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ceci's favorite Waffles

Pile of deliciousness!
Just over a year ago now wonderful friends of ours gave my husband and I an amazing waffle maker for our birthdays.  This inspired me to start making waffles for our weekend breakfasts much like I had growing up.  I love those memories dearly, my mom making waffles for us, and when I was old enough to help, finally when I could make them by myself.  It was just such a fun tradition to bring into my own home now.
As Cecilia (Ceci) was starting on solid foods I noticed other moms in our group giving their children frozen waffles for a morning snack.  I asked why frozen and they said it helped with teething and was something the kids could hold by themselves.  It made perfect sense to me, but I wasn't willing to pay the high price for premade frozen gluten free waffles.  I researched some recipes and found this one which I altered to be gluten free.  Now Ceci would live on them if I would let her, and my husband thinks they have better flavor and texture than regular wheat flour waffles.
I keep several types of flour on hand in my house so I can mix, match, and experiment, I know this is not always convenient for everyone so you can always substitute a Gluten Free All Purpose flour for my mixes if you would like.

Ceci's Favorite Gluten Free Waffles

1/2   Cup Chick Pea or Soy flour
1/2   Cup Tapioca Starch
1/2   Cup Sweet Rice flour
1/4   Cup Brown Rice flour
1      teaspoon Xanthum Gum
1/4   teaspoon salt
1      Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2   teaspoon Cinnamon
2      Eggs
1 and 3/4 Cup Milk
1/2    Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil

Blend together all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  In a separate bowl mix Eggs, Milk, and Oil.  Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until lumps disappear.  Let mixture rest for 5-7 minutes, the batter will thicken.  Using a VERY hot waffle iron pour in about 1 cup of batter (or amount recommended by the manufacturer), and allow to cook in iron.  No peeking before the waffle is done, this will pull the waffle apart and be very frustrating to clean out of the iron (trust me).  

You can enjoy the waffles right away or set them on a wire rack to cool and then put them into a zip top bag and freeze.  When reheating the frozen waffles I suggest microwaving for 30 seconds to defrost them, and then placing in the toaster on a low setting to warm and crisp them.  Or if you have a teething toddler, take it right out of the bag, still frozen and hand it over.  

I hope you enjoy our first recipe posting, Ceci was very excited too, she wrote her own recipe for the occasion.  I'm sure you will notice as you follow along with us, she is constantly at my side and deeply involved in everything I do, and I love every moment of it, most of the time.  Maybe someday she can translate her sweet scribbles for me and we can make her version.

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