Barefoot Contessa Waffles

Mother’s Day Waffles

This is my first Mother’s Day both as a mother and without my mom, who passed away last year. Her birthday was always around Mother’s Day–when she was born, her birthday actually was Mother’s Day! I have so many memories of celebrating my mom. One of my favorites was when Fleetwood Mac, her favorite band, was playing in Denver. We had amazing seats with a fantastic view of the stage. The concert was on her birthday, which was also Mother’s Day this year. In more recent years, we were not often together for the day, so I would of course send her a present. She was always so difficult to buy for, but I managed to find something in the end–cashmere socks, a Diptyque candle. It will certainly be strange not to be able to celebrate her, though I’m so grateful that I have such a wonderful mother-in-law.

When we were young, if my dad was home, we would make delicious Belgian waffles and bring them up to my mom. I feel that breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day tradition, so I wanted to share a favorite waffle recipe, which is my favorite breakfast. The recipe below is Ina Garten’s amazing Overnight Belgian Waffle recipe, which is absolutely delicious! I prefer mine with sliced strawberries instead of bananas and toasted coconut. Enjoy!

The Barefoot Contessa’s Overnight Belgian Waffles

Makes 10 to 12 large waffles

  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 package (¼ ounce) active dry yeast, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups lukewarm whole milk (90 to 100 degrees)
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for the waffle iron
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sliced bananas, toasted coconut, warm maple syrup, and crème fraîche, for serving

The night before, combine the water, yeast, and sugar in a very large bowl (the batter will expand enormously). Allow it to stand for about 5 minutes, until the yeast dissolves and the mixture has started to foam, which tells you the yeast is active. Stir in the milk, butter, honey, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and whisk until the batter is smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to sit overnight at a cool room temperature.

The next morning, heat a Belgian waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions and brush the top and bottom with melted butter. Beat the eggs together with the baking soda and whisk them into the batter until combined. Pour just enough of the batter onto the hot waffle iron to cover the grids (⅓ to ½ cup each, depending on your waffle maker), close, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat, until the waffles are golden brown. Cut them apart with a small knife, if necessary, and remove them with a fork. Repeat the process until all the batter has been used. Serve the waffles hot with sliced bananas, toasted coconut, maple syrup, and crème fraîche and let everyone help themselves.

Copyright 2014, Make It Ahead by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

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