homemade waffles, berries

Fluffly homemade whole wheat waffles

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My family is obsessed with food. There is just no way to get around it; when we get together we spend our time cooking, eating, and talking about what to cook next.

Cooking is how we show our love for each other, the act of providing nourishment for the body and soul of your loved ones is truly one of the most satisfying things. The labor of love is so worth it when you see the joy it brings to those gathered at your table.  So we gather in the kitchen, in the dining room and eat together. At the moment my loved ones are flung all over the United States and the world, so when we do have the chance to come together and cook the experience is even more special.

Growing up, Appa would make waffles on weekend mornings. Waffles were thoroughly his domain, one that the rest of us never ventured into. We have an ancient cast iron waffle iron picked up from a yard sale years ago, seasoned over the years by perfect waffle after waffle. The waffle recipes over the years have evolved and changed, however the beaten up orange container the batter is mixed in has stayed the same.

When we go home, Appa makes waffles and it always takes me back to being 10-years old-this time was no exception. We sat outside on the patio and ate waffles topped with honey from our bee hives, drank coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, and all was right with the world.

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Our current recipe is adapted from allrecipes, and is a keeper. The waffles are fluffy, light, and all around perfect.

Waffles
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons of white sugar
2 teaspooons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, room temperature
1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-Preheat the waffle iron
-Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
-Mix buttermilk, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract in a smaller bowl.
-Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir till it is just combined.
-ladle batter into waffle iron and cook until it is golden brown, approximately 2 minutes.

These waffles also freeze wonderfully once they are cool. Who doesn’t love waffles on a weekday morning? Gobi loves waffles too.

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The waffle iron we have as a temperature indicator which is genius. It shows you the perfect temperature, so you can flip the iron over without opening it…which often can ruin the waffle.

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***A quick comment about the cooking is love picture.  It’s actually a teatowel I bought at LA’s Renegade craft fair in the summer of 2014. I have since lost the name of the vendor, but I soon realized it was considered a “decorative” tea towel and couldn’t be washed (?!?).  I loved the sentiment, so I ironed the heck out of it and framed it, and it now hangs in a place of honor in my kitchen.

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