Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Not a TWD. Instead, I talk about breakfast

This week's recipe was for cheesecake. I am not really a fan of cheesecake. I could pretty much go the rest of my life without eating another bite of cheesecake and never miss it. Are those gasps that I heard? For some of you, I'm talking crazy talk. I understand. I'll be back in full TWD swing next week with a recipe chosen by.... Dorie herself!

Ok, so breakfast. I love breakfast. I could, and do, eat any time of the day. Breakfast is just good food.

Here is a very common sight at our house:

It's a waffle iron. A pretty old and messy waffle iron now that I look closely at the photo, but anyway.

This is a slightly underdone waffle just coming off the iron. (It's because I put the extras in the freezer, and they brown and crisp up when I toast them.)

This is a yummy, crisp waffle just waiting for butter and maple syrup. Or peanut butter and jelly. Or peanut butter and maple sugar.

I never quite understood the pre-made frozen waffle thing. Waffle irons are pretty cheap, and I think they pay for themselves rather quickly. They are amazingly easy to make (thank you Alton Brown) Mostly, they are just good. You can play around and add cinnamon and vanilla. Or ginger and molasses. Or cocoa and orange extract.

Each batch makes plenty. So the extras go in the freezer for those during-the-week waffle breakfasts. So now I've taken away the "frozen waffles are so convenient" arguement.

Here's all I'm saying. Give it a try. It really does beat the boxed frozen version.

Oh, and this is an English Muffin that I tried making. Not very successful. For now, I'll stick with the store-bought kind. I'm open to recipes and/or suggestions.

Next week: French Pear Tart. See you then!


Danielle said...

I am not a huge cheesecake fan either I dont mind it in chocolate flavor!
I so need a waffle iron.

ostwestwind said...

I also not a fan of cheesecake, I prefer the German "Käsekuchen"

Best wishes for 2009!

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Megan said...

I make waffles all the time and do exactly the same thing - undercook slightly, freeze, and then toast them when the kids want them.

Talk about convenience!

Happy New Year!

chocolatechic said...


No cheesecake?


It was great.

Peggy said...

I am with you all the way on the cheesecake. But I made it anyway. I can eat a bite or two, but not a whole slice. Have a happy new year!

TeaLady said...

We have one of those wafflers. It was my mom's. It makes great waffles. Not the big thick ones like the new ones today. LOVE WAFFLES!!!!

n.o.e said...

You know, I've never been a huge cheesecake fanatic, either, but this is really a good version - very fluffy and silky. Your waffles look delightful; Alton Brown is the best!

Oh, and check out King Arthur Flour's recipe for English Muffin Bread. It's dead easy to make - we're obsessed with it here. I've made 4 loaves in the past 4 days! Makes the best toast. I'll be blogging it soon.

Cathy said...

I'm so happy I'm reading your post at 7 a.m. Because that means it's not to late for me to make waffles for breakfast. Thanks for the great idea! And happy new year!

Anonymous said...

I like cheesecake, but it's not one of those gotta have sorts of things...I tend to crave chocolate cake.

I do, however, crave breakfast on a daily basis...in fact, I made blueberry pancakes and sausage for dinner last night!

I love the "patina" your waffle iron has gotten over time!

Flourchild said...

Cheesecake is fair. I would much rather have waffles piled high with whipped cream and chocolate chips!

Debbie said...

All waffle irons are old and messy. Aren't they?
My friend in PA has a "waffle" party every winter. Here we come a waffeling, that is her motto.
I love them. Your's look good!