The Baker Upstairs

4.15.2022

Honey Cornbread Waffles

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These honey cornbread waffles are made with simple ingredients, and so delicious! They're a fun and tasty twist on waffles for breakfast!
These honey cornbread waffles are made with simple ingredients, and so delicious! They're a fun and tasty twist on waffles for breakfast!
Hi friends! I'm continuing my week of delicious waffle recipes with these lovely honey cornbread waffles. They're easy and simple to make, using ingredients I always have on hand, and they taste totally delicious. They're wonderful as is (with maybe a little butter and syrup) for breakfast, but they also make a fun and unique side for chili or soups. They're crisp on the outside, light and fluffy in the middle, and all-around fantastic!
These honey cornbread waffles are made with simple ingredients, and so delicious! They're a fun and tasty twist on waffles for breakfast!
I used this mini honeycomb waffle maker to make mine, but you can definitely make these in a standard waffle maker or Belgian waffle maker. The batter is so simple and quick to mix together, and only takes a few minutes to make. If you're using a mini waffle maker, it helps to have more than one waffle maker to speed things up. This recipe makes a ton (I think I ended up with a little over three dozen mini waffles!) so you can definitely cut it in half if you don't need quite so many. The mini waffles freeze well and are easy to reheat in the toaster, so they're great for making ahead of time and stocking the freezer. These honey cornbread waffles are a delicious and fun way to add some variety to breakfast time!
These honey cornbread waffles are made with simple ingredients, and so delicious! They're a fun and tasty twist on waffles for breakfast!
Honey Cornbread Waffles

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, honey, canola oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (a few small lumps are okay). Let the batter rest for five minutes. Preheat the waffle iron. Cook the waffles according to your waffle maker's directions. (For my mini waffle maker, 1/4 cup of batter cooked for 3-4 minutes was perfect.)

adapted from Bless This Mess
These honey cornbread waffles are made with simple ingredients, and so delicious! They're a fun and tasty twist on waffles for breakfast!

4.12.2022

Homemade Eggo Waffles

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These homemade Eggo waffles are so easy to make and taste way better than store-bought!
These homemade Eggo waffles are so easy to make and taste way better than store-bought!
I know I've posted about them several times before, but I'm still totally obsessed with my mini waffle makers! (I'm also aware of how ridiculous it is that "waffle makers" is plural, but three waffle makers make it so much quicker to make a boatload of waffles. Ha!) Since I bought the waffle makers, we haven't purchased any store-bought waffles, which is pretty amazing considering that they used to be a staple in my kids' diet. I totally love the convenience of frozen waffles, but they taste so much better when they're homemade!

These homemade Eggo waffles are so light and fluffy, with crisp edges and the perfect waffle flavor. The mini size makes them perfect for slipping into the toaster in the morning. (If you don't have a mini waffle maker, you can definitely make them on a regular size waffle maker, but the mini size works great for my kiddos.) The batch makes about 20 mini waffles, so it's easy to stock the freezer with them. I just make all of the waffles, flash freeze them for about an hour on cookie sheets, and then stack them in plastic bread bags and store them in the freezer. With less than an hour of hands on time, my kids have an easy breakfast on hand for two weeks' worth of school days. Sweet!
These homemade Eggo waffles are so easy to make and taste way better than store-bought!
If you're using a mini waffle maker, a little less than 1/4 cup of batter will work great. Be careful not to overfill the waffle maker or it will drip down the sides! (For my regular size Belgian waffle maker, I use 1 cup of batter per waffle, and get about 4 waffles from the batch). The waffles will cook to golden brown in about 3-4 minutes. I use a fork to lift them from the waffle maker and transfer them to a cooling rack so they don't get soggy. These homemade Eggo waffles are so simple and delicious, and perfect for an easy make-ahead breakfast!
These homemade Eggo waffles are so easy to make and taste way better than store-bought!
Homemade Eggo Waffles

1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar

Add the butter and buttermilk to a small bowl or measuring cup, and heat in the microwave for one minute and thirty seconds, or until the butter is melted. Whisk in the vanilla and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy. Add the buttermilk mixture and stir to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar, and mix until just combined (small lumps are okay). Let sit five minutes. While the batter is resting, preheat your mini waffle iron. Add a little less than 1/4 cup of batter to the waffle iron and cook 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
These homemade Eggo waffles are so easy to make and taste way better than store-bought!

4.08.2022

Brown Butter Banana Bread

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This brown butter banana bread is the best banana bread you'll ever make! It has the perfect flavor and texture, and is incredibly delicious!
When it comes to comfort food baked goods, it seems like banana bread is pretty near the top of the list! Just the smell of it is so warm and comforting, and reminds me of home (which is funny, because I don't remember my mom making banana bread very often when I was growing up). Every time my kids get home from school and smell banana bread in the air, they are totally thrilled! I don't know anyone who doesn't love banana bread. It's the best! 

I have a great banana bread recipe that I've been baking for years, and I love it, but I thought it would be fun to make a slightly more sophisticated version with some brown butter and sea salt. This brown butter banana bread is unbelievably delicious, and doesn't take much more time than the standard banana bread recipe. But the brown butter adds such a rich and delicious flavor to it, and makes it extra special!
I'm a huge fan of the combination of sea salt and brown butter, so I sprinkled a little extra flaky sea salt on top of the loaf before baking, but that's totally optional depending on your tastes. This banana bread will keep well for 2-3 days after baking (I usually just wrap the loaf in foil to keep it fresh). It makes fantastic French toast, but is pretty perfect just as it is. It's great as a breakfast, snack, or dessert. This brown butter banana bread is the perfect way to take your banana bread to the next level!
Brown Butter Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 overripe bananas, mashed
flaky sea salt (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment, spray with cooking spray, and set aside. To brown the butter, add it to a saucepan and melt it over medium heat, whisking frequently. After the butter begins to foam, watch it carefully and continue whisking until the butter begins to brown. Immediately remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer to prevent burning. Add the sugar to the bowl and mix until combined. Add the eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk, and mix until smooth. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Fold in the mashed bananas and pour into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with the flaky sea salt. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.