It has been the winter of broken records. Snowfall totals, lowest temperatures and wind chills. I suspect the schools here may be heading for a record number of snow days in a school year, too. Although most of the days have been declared “inclement weather” days as it’s been dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills keeping schools closed. My kids had an unplanned 5 day weekend thanks to bad roads from snow on Friday and then the super frigid polar vortex wind chills along with severely drifted roads on Monday and Tuesday.

Even though I have been able to get out of the house with my 4-wheel drive pickup, there have been many days that I just didn’t want to leave. So I’ve been cooking from pantry and freezer items. I really need to make a big grocery shopping trip because my shelves are getting pretty bare after all of the bad weather this winter.

On Monday I thawed some sausage and decided that breakfast sounded good for dinner, as in waffles and sausage. I love trying different waffle recipes and I hit Pinterest to keep my mind off the snow blowing around outside. I found a recipe that produced a thick batter. Many of the recipes I’ve tried in the past have a thin, liquid batter and I wanted to see what the difference in viscosity would produce in the finished waffles. I made a few tweaks to the recipe to reduce the fat a bit (the original called for a whole stick of butter for only 5 or 6 waffles) and add some nice caramel-y flavor with the brown instead of white sugar. My kids loved them. Nice and dense, but in a good – not potential hockey puck, way. A really nice way to end a blustery day.

What are some of your favorite meals to cook from your pantry stash?

Hearty Waffles For Cold Days
Serves: 5-6
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Beat together eggs, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add milk and melted butter. Mix well.
  3. Whisk in the baking powder and salt. Add the flour a bit at a time, whisking well after each addition, until batter is smooth and lumps are gone.
  4. Cook according to your waffle maker's directions. The dough is thick and doesn't spread a lot. I poured the batter in a ring around the center then filled in the center to make sure the batter spread almost to the edges of my Belgian waffle maker.


This post is part of Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads


24 thoughts on “Hearty Waffles For Cold Days

  1. Love the waffles but all that snow – oh my! I would die. Well, probably not, but I would be seriously uncomfortable. So sick of being bogged at work and I am so tired, I never get to write. I miss our correspondence so I will just take time and write tomorrow.

    Stay warm!!

    1. Believe me, most of us are tired of it too. It’s just too cold to have fun in the snow, even for people who like the snow! More is on the way soon.

      1. Janel, If it keeps you locked in you ought to get some good writing done! I am planning to read/review Must Love Sandwiches for my Eclectic reading challenge. I needed a book with some romance so, yours fits the bill!

        Stay warm. Give Cooper a pat for me.

        1. I got groceries at lunch time, so all set for a few days. Pot roast is bubbling away right now. 🙂 Hope you enjoy Must Love Sandwiches!

    1. It seems that runny batter often makes the waffles with the crispy outside and not very satisfying fluff on the inside. We’re getting another snow storm right now. Hasn’t stopped at all since about 6 a.m. Bleck.

  2. Your dog looks so deliriously happy in the snow. How cute. My St. Bernard mix Martha also enjoys burrowing her snout in some fluffy snow too.

    I’ve been hitting the freezer and pantry too here in upstate New York. Lots of Minestrone and Pasta Fazool for us!

    1. Awww, a St. Bernard mix sounds cute and big! I’m making bean soup tomorrow. I’m see you’re into soup on these cold, snowy days too.

    1. I think melting the butter is the only thing that makes this more complicated the a mix. 🙂

    1. Aww, that sounds like a very special time for you. One of those foods that bring back wonderful memories.

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