Monday, March 12, 2012

Buttermilk Waffles

Waffles are the trademark of late Saturday mornings. Of plentiful pockets perfect for filling with butter, syrup, fresh fruit, peanut butter. Of hot griddles steaming and oozing batter as it bubbles out the sides. Of the warm scent of buttermilk as it bakes into the golden crust.

They are also the trademark of grandmothers.

This past Saturday, we celebrated the life of Steve's grandmother who passed away a few months ago. She had been slipping away over the past decade, but a memory still fresh in the mind of her grandchildren, one they continue to hold dear, was Grandma's waffles and strawberry jam. They remember awakening to the warm scent of baking waffles after spending the night at Grandpa and Grandma's, eagerly arriving in the kitchen to a feast of waffles and Grandma's homemade strawberry jam.

Although I didn't know Steve's Grandma in her waffle-baking years, I could easily imagine her lovingly serving up a warm spread straight from the waffle iron to her giggling grandchildren.

You see, my Grandma, too, instilled those Saturday morning waffle-making memories in us grandkids. And although she is still with us, she is no longer able to enjoy baking with us. But we, too, fondly recall those delightful, warm morsels filled with gobs of butter and syrup she fed our hungry tummies when we visited overnight. Those memories will remain with us even as we grow old.

Steve and I received a waffle iron as a wedding gift. We practice our waffle baking not only to recall those wonderful memories with our grandparents, but also in the hopes that someday we may instill and share similar memories with our younger generations.

We will carry on the legacy of waffles.

Buttermilk Waffles

3 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
3 eggs
1 stick of butter
2 c. buttermilk
1 c. whole milk

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with a wire whisk until well incorporated. Scoop with a cup into a heated waffle iron, baking until golden.

Enjoy with syrup, agave nectar, fresh fruit, whipped cream or any other glorious topping your young heart desires.


Jan said...

Ahhh, my favorite post to date for obvious reasons. Thanks Laurel! Here's to waffles, strawberries and Grandmothers!! = )

Laurel said...

Agreed! :)

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