Sourdough Waffles

My boys love to cook, with one son in particular who has been trying to find the best tasting and easiest waffle recipe for quite some time now.  Well, we found it this morning!

The Whole Grain Baking cookbook by King Arthur Flour continues to amaze me with the plethora of recipes and how-to’s that I keep finding in its pages.  Since I’m always looking for new ways to use my spelt sourdough starter, I gave their Sourdough Waffle recipe a try.  Aside from remembering to start it the night before, it was very easy to follow and the fermentation process was just like they described in the description.  (Not always the case when using a spelt sourdough.)

Thanks to the added fermentation process, now my waistline can enjoy waffles as much as my taste buds!  For my family, I made a note to double the recipe (and starter).

“The integrity of sourdough is so complex that it contains a host of goodness in terms of nutrients. In sourdough, you can find vitamins B1-B6, B12, folate, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E, selenium, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium (okay – some of these in fairly tiny amounts)–in addition to uniquely balanced proteins and fatty acids. Whoa! This is in contrast to most commercially produced breads, which maintain only a fraction of their original nutrient content after all the processing they undergo.” (1)

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Overnight Soak:

1 T starter (I used spelt flour starter)

1.5 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup buttermilk

Mix the three ingredients in a small bowl until wet and a consistent texture.  Cover with towel or cling wrap and set out overnight (at least 8 hours).IMG_20151214_192345487

Waffle Batter:

Add to the overnight soak bowl and stir to combine:

2 eggs, 1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup milk

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) melted butter

Heat up waffle maker and then in a small sized bowl, mix together first before combining with wet ingredients:

2 T sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 salt

(pinch cinnamon)

The cookbook tells you to watch for the baking soda reaction with the acids in the sourdough and it really does happen fast!  Watching the bubbles form immediately and continually in the batter left me with an instant gratification feeling.

Each waffle maker heats differently, so I’m not going to add cooking instructions to this recipe.  My waffle maker definitely requires butter on the grid and about 5 minutes of cook time.   Enjoy!!

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