Tuesday, May 22, 2012
breakfast for dinner: yeasted buttermilk-wheat waffles
The first several weeks after Samuel was born we ate lots and lots of very simple dinners. I have a list of meals that I have typed up for just such occasions. I know I can prepare those meals in very little time and I use the list as a reference so that I don't have to expend any effort in deciding what to make on those nights when I am just too tired to think. Even with the sleep deprivation that comes with a new baby in the house, eating a home-cooked dinner is important to me. It would be easy to rely on fast food or prepared meals (and don't get the wrong idea, there were a few of those types of meals had these past couple of months), but the truth is, I feel better and my husband feels better when we're eating the way we are used to.
You might not think that homemade waffles would constitute an easy dinner, but they really are very simple to prepare and make. Start the batter in the morning, add the rest of ingredients just before dinner, and bake. With the addition of fresh fruit, and some sausage - or better yet, bacon - you've got yourself a decent dinner. And around here, breakfast for dinner is considered super-fun! I think the boys think it's just a little bit naughty, like we're doing something that maybe we aren't supposed to be doing. It makes for one happy meal time.
As a little aside, I live with four boys, and guess what? They all love bacon! Love. Okay, well Sam doesn't love bacon, yet, but I'm sure he will one day.
Yeasted Buttermilk-Wheat Waffles
adapted from this recipe at epicurious.com
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm water (between 100 and 110 degrees F)
2 cups lukewarm buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract