Although my husband and I often do it up right on weekends, our standard weekday breakfast routine usually involves cold cereal. From time to time we’ll up the ante with oatmeal or maybe eggs, but that’s about as fancy as we get. Our mornings (like everyone’s) are incredibly hectic, and feeding our girls a “good” breakfast just isn’t possible some days — until now. Meet the make-ahead whole wheat waffle! It’s got all the wholesomeness of a homemade treat and all the convenience of a freezer waffle. I like to pair our waffles with a bit of fresh fruit, and if I have some extra time, maybe even an easy apple cinnamon compote (which adds a little fruity sweetness to the waffle mix).
Make mornings easier and more delicious. Head below for all the details on homemade frozen waffles, and the simple recipe for warm apple compote.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 10 – 12 waffles
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or honey
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1. Preheat waffle iron.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
3. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Fold into the dry mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in the cooled butter.
4. To cook waffles, follow your waffle maker’s instructions. For mine, about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle was just right. Cook until waffles are light golden brown.
5. To freeze, set waffles on a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Arrange waffles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Set in freezer, and allow waffles to freeze completely, preferably overnight. Place frozen waffles in a zip-top plastic bag, squeeze out any excess air, and seal. To reheat, simply pop the frozen waffles in a toaster or heat on the wire rack of a 350° F oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Frozen waffles should keep well for 1 to 2 months.
Easy Apple Cinnamon Compote
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: about 2 cups
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 apples, cored and roughly chopped
1. Set a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, sugar, and apples. Heat mixture until bubbling vigorously, then turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 7 minutes, or until apples are soft.
2. Serve immediately, or spoon into a jar, refrigerate, and reheat before serving.More On