From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This past weekend we attended an open house at a hellebore nursery here in Eugene. Things did not go as we planned. Although we were at the nursery by 11 am, all the hellebores had been sold. To make matters worse, the restaurant at which we planned to have lunch was packed, and the earliest table they could promise involved an hour wait. The Silver Fox, who waits for no man, much less a restaurant table, decided, without asking me, that a Bergfeld Brunch should be the order of the day. I made sage sausage on Friday, so the protein portion of the brunch was covered, but because there were six of us the rest of the meal was problematic. Fortunately, I remembered this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. It's been a go-to recipe in my kitchen that I use whenever I have a large group to feed. The recipe is so simple that I knew I had all the ingredients needed to make the waffles without making a mad dash to the grocery store. The only fruit I had was apples, but I thought I could make a crispless apple crisp that would be a perfect foil to the sage sausage and hearty pancakes. Fortunately, the meal came together quickly and we all enjoyed the unplanned brunch. One of these days, I may even start speaking to the Silver Fox again. These waffles are terrific and the warm cinnamon syrup takes them over the top. I know you'll enjoy the ease with which they come together and the compliments you'll receive when you serve them will make you a true devotee. Here is how they are made.
Oatmeal Waffles...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 cups milk
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
In large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, butter and brown sugar. Add to flour mixture; stir until blended.
Pour batter into a lightly greased waffle iron (amount will vary with size of waffle iron). Close lid quickly; do not open during baking. Use fork to remove baked waffle. Serve with warm cinnamon syrup. Yield: 8 waffles.
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan set over high heat, combine water, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk continuously until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and whisk for 5 minutes longer, or until syrup thickens.
Remove pot from heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer syrup to a clean glass jar and allow to cool. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
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