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The Fluffiest Waffles Recipe {Grandpa's Amazing Waffles}

Waffle Recipe lard bacon grease Fluffy Lazuli Farms

Growing up, my father spent very little time in the kitchen.  He worked at the power plant about twenty minutes away from our home town in central Alberta and he was off to work before we crawled out of bed most mornings and arrived home just as supper was getting on the table.  But weekends were his time to shine.  An epic breakfast wasn't complete without strips of delicious bacon and fluffy waffles!

I've tried many waffle recipes over the years and always come back to my Dad's waffle recipe.  These waffles are nice & fluffy and get a nice crispy outside on them in the waffle maker.  There's two key ingredients that make that happen.

Beaten egg whites:  The key to the fluffiness comes from the whipped egg whites that incorporated last in this recipe.  The yolks and whites get separated and added to the mixture at separate times.  The egg whites are beaten with a mixer until they are meringue fluffy (aka. stiff peaks).

Lard or bacon grease:  The crisp exterior with soft interior is stepped up a notch with the use of an animal fat instead of a vegetable oil.  The original recipe called for vegetable oil but over time, we've swapped that out for melted bacon grease or lard.

Now what about waffle toppings?  What are your favorites for topping your waffles?

In our house, a waffle isn't complete without a smear of peanut butter and a dollop of maple syrup! 

If we've got frozen fruit in the freezer, Greyson loves prepping a quick fruit puree/syrup.  Toss frozen fruit like strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries, peaches into a medium saucepan (about 2 to 4 cups).  Cook the fruit over medium heat until it thaws, then starts to cook and soften.  It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the fruit to soften and cook and start to thicken.  At that time, you're ready to sweeten your fruit syrup.  Add enough white sugar, maple syrup, or honey to sweeten the fruit to our liking.  This is usually around a 1/4 to 1 cup depending on which fruit it is and how much we tossed in the saucepan.  If desired, you can use an immersion blender to puree the mixture or use a potato masher to breakdown any larger chunks.

Now, this post would not be complete without recommending our favorite Lazuli Farms meats to pair with your waffles!

  • bacon - is it even an epic breakfast without bacon?
  • maple breakfast sausage
  • farmer sausage
  • back bacon
  • rosemary garlic sausage

Now let's get to that waffle recipe!

The Fluffiest Waffles Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour (substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour if desired)
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar, melted honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted bacon grease, lard, or butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Heat waffle iron and grease waffle griddle with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of bacon grease, lard or butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt and white sugar (if using).
  3. Separate eggs into egg whites and egg yolks.
  4. Mix egg yolks with milk.  Add melted honey or maple syrup (if using).
  5. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture.
  6. Add melted 1/2 cup of bacon grease, lard or butter and fold in.
  7. In a glass or metal bowl, use a mixer to whip egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  8. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  9. Fold in chocolate chips or blueberries, if desired.
  10. Using an appropriate sized measuring cup for your waffle iron (usually around 1/2 cup), pour batter into the waffle iron and cook to your desired crispiness.
  11. Enjoy!

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