Finally my vacations have started! I have left behind the sweltering heat, humidity, sand storms and a load of daily life stress back in Dubai. I am visiting the cousins in Germany – my most favorite place to go for vacation. I cannot tell you how eagerly I had been waiting for this break, but applying for the visa was a long tedious process riddled with difficulties and conspicuous incompetence displayed by the accredited agency that handles all European visas in Dubai. In some matters I can be a wee bit superstitious and I didn’t want to tell anyone that I am going to Germany until I saw the visa stamped in my passport. After some clashes, several phone calls and visits to the agency, I had almost given up on the visa; and that’s when in memory of my favorite vacation destination, I made waffles.
I was first introduced to waffles in Germany and I instantly fell in love with them. I prefer the German ones that are soft and crispy and not too sweet or dense unlike the Belgian waffles. So as I dreamt about Germany and all the amazing authentic German food, I dished out these waffles, much to my daughters delight, who is as much in love with them as her mother.
However, I guess it worked its magic not only in our mouths but also on the visa process as I got the visa the very next day and now here I am in Dusseldorf.
I will be running crazy in this place visiting new places and stuffing myself silly with all sorts of food. I am not yet sure what the German cousins have planned for us but we will definitely have a packed itinerary. I probably won’t be cooking much, but I will try to write about my favorite foods and places here.
Now, for those mouth-watering waffles! You need a waffle maker. I have an amazing flower shaped one whose each petal looks like a heart… courtesy my aunt – the German cousin’s mom. I prefer to use part wheat flour and part all purpose flour. You can use only all purpose flour if you prefer.
The batter should be similar consistency as the one made for pancakes – free flowing but not too thin. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Heat the waffle machine. Once hot, brush a hint of butter on the insides. Then pour 1-2 ladles of the waffle mixture and ensure it spreads evenly in the mold.
1 cup Wheat Flour
1 cup All purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1½ – 2 cups Milk
¼ cup Unsalted Butter – (room temperature) + extra
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
Salt- a pinch
- In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Let it stand for around 15 mins.
- Heat the waffle machine and once it is hot, brush a little butter on the insides. Pour 1-2 ladles of the mixture and spread evenly.
- Close the lid and let it brown. This would take around 5-8 minutes.
Serve with your choice of toppings