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Alice Waters’ Buttermilk Waffles

2017-09-25
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Delicious buttermilk waffles, a recipe from restaurant genius Alice Waters, founder of "Chez Panisse" 
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About this recipe

These American waffles are simply delicious, especially if you’re a fan of buttermilk pancakes : These waffles are based on a similar recipe
Waffles (method #2)

Waffles (method #2)

Source of the recipe

I found this recipe in the book of Alice Waters, the founder of the notorious French-Californian restaurant "Chez Panisse", located in Berkeley, CA.

Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café
1517 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1516

Alice Waters started this restaurant after a trip to France which made a great impression on her. Not only because of the dishes, the taste and the art of French culinary, but also because she noticed French people would be served local food and would eat slowly, with long lunch and diner meals.

She then advocated the principles of "slow food" and "local food" in her restaurant, a real revolution back then.

Waffles (method #2)The recipe is on page 33
Waffles (method #2)

The Alice Waters method: Buttermilk

This recipe uses a method that is close to that of buttermilk pancakes:
  • Using

    Buttermilk

    which gives a nice taste and helps to make waffles fluffier
  • Egg whites that are beaten to make waffles airy and lighter

Ingredients

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For 9/10 Waffles

 

 Powders

2 Cups Flour (290 grams)

2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

½ teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 teaspoon of Salt

2 tablespoons of Sugar

 Liquids

2 Eggs

2 Cups Buttermilk (500 grams)

½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Butter (113 grams)

Half quantities : 4/5 Waffles

 

 Powders

1 Cup Flour (145 grams)

1 teaspoon of Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon of Baking Soda

½ teaspoon of Salt

1 tablespoon of Sugar

 Liquids

1 Egg

1 Cup Buttermilk (250 grams)

¼ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

4 Tablespoons Butter (56 grams)

Double quantities : 18/20 Waffles

 

 Powders

4 Cups Flour (580 grams)

4 teaspoons of Baking Powder

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

2 teaspoons of Salt

4 tablespoons of Sugar

 Liquids

4 Eggs

4 Cups Buttermilk (1 kilogram)

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Butter (226 grams)

Steps

1rst mixing bowl

Sift over a mixing bowl:
  • The

    Flour

    (2 Cups or 290 g)
  • The

    Baking Powder

    (2 teaspoons)
  • The

    Baking Soda

    (½ teaspoon)
  • The

    Salt

    (1 teaspoon)
  • The

    Sugar

    (2 tablespoons)

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Set aside these powders

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2nd mixing bowl

Whisk with a wire whip:
  • The

    Eggs

    (2)
  • The

    Buttermilk

    (2 Cups or 500 g)
  • The

    Vanilla Extract

    (½ teaspoon)

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The Butter

The

Butter

must be soft but not melted

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Important !

The

Butter

must not be totally liquid as it would be too hot. And its high temperature would then activate the

Baking Powder

before baking !

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Waffles (method #2)In another mixing bowl, add in the

Butter

(½ Cup or 113 g)
You are left with two bowls : The powders and the liquids

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Waffles (method #2)Pour the liquids onto the powders bowl

Important !

Do not overwhisk !

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To make great pancakes, as well as these waffles, a good trick is to leave lumps, that’s why you don’t want to whisk for too long!

Waffles (method #2)

As a result, your batter should be full of lumps

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The waffle iron

I start warming up my waffle iron for

10 minutes


Waffles (method #2)I am also using an oil spray (a neutral vegetable oil such as Canola oil), that I am using for the first batch of waffles
Waffles (method #2)I pour a ladle of batter
Spread and just before bringing the top lid down, wait

10 seconds

for the batter to bubble

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The batter starts to puff quick fast

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Waffles (method #2)Bring the top lid down
Waffles (method #2)Most waffle irons have a light indicating when your waffle is ready. If not, check the waffle by slightly opening the lid to see if it has browned
You want to get a nice golden color

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Let your waffles cool down on a rack to avoid them to become soggy while they are drying

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You can use scissors to separate them

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Result

A real treat for kids (and for you and me!)

Everyone loves those buttermilk waffles !

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The result and the pix


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2 Cups Flour (290 g)

2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

½ teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 teaspoon of Salt

2 tablespoons of Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Cups Buttermilk (500 g)

½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Butter (113 g)

Total