So after a non-stop week of looking at delicious, sweet/savory waffles on the internet, I was dead set on making waffles over the weekend. So I did! And I decided on Maple Bacon Waffles.
I actually ended up really needing them on Sunday morning. I literally woke up with the street outside my building closed off with police cars and SWAT team trucks blocking either end. I spent the first hour of my day hiding in the bathroom with my cats because I couldn't find any information about what was going on, and I assumed that if the SWAT team was there, it was probably a pretty big deal. I was assuming hostages, gun fire, you name it.
Fortunately, around 8am, the internet decided to fill me in and apparently someone had barricaded themselves in their house after having the cops called on them over a domestic violence dispute, so I emerged from the bathroom and lay in bed waiting for it to wrap up. There was a whole spell of negotiations over a loudspeaker, and then fortunately the guy surrendered and was driven away in a cop car. It was the weirdest morning. I live in a quiet, relatively crime-free part of town so it was particularly bizarre to witness.
Anyway, tangental story aside, waffles are obviously awesome and make a perfect pick-me up! They're crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside, and have the perfect little pockets to hold delicious toppings. Even a plain waffle is a pretty perfect food, but the addition of crispy, salty bacon and sweet maple syrup really brings these ones to another level.
Here's how to make 'em!
Maple Bacon Waffles- Makes about 5 waffles
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (I used Trader Joe's gluten free blend)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (the good stuff!)
- 1 cup milk
- 4 strips of bacon, cooked up and crumbled into little pieces
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (Minus the bacon. Does that even count as a dry ingredient? Let's say yes?) and whisk to combine.
2. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the eggs slightly, then add the melted butter, maple syrup, and milk and whisk until well combined.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
4. Add the crumbled bacon and whisk until well combined. Then set the mixture aside, grease your waffle iron, and let it heat up.
5. Ladle batter into your pre-heated waffle iron. You'll want to use just enough the cover the bottom of the waffle iron. Then, close it up and cook your waffle to the desired done-ness.
6. As you can see, I like mine an awesome golden brown. Once your waffle is cooked, pull it from the waffle iron and have at it! If you want to be super polite and serve everyone at once, you can lay your waffles in a single layer on a sheet pan and keep them in a 250°F oven until you're ready to serve them.
Now, on Sunday I decided to go classic with my waffle toppings and just did some butter and really good maple syrup. That way I could really enjoy the sweet and salty action going on in these maple bacon waffles. These waffles would also be great as a base for eggs benedict in place of the english muffin, and would be yummy with some good jam, too! I can't confirm it since I haven't tried it yet, but I suspect these would be great for a waffle grilled cheese. I think I know what I'll be having for dinner later...
Til next time!
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