“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Historic Continental Hotel Waffles

Our family enjoys waffles for breakfast so I often make a large batch and freeze the extra for midweek.  My go-to recipe has the additional step of whipping egg whites .. which on frenzied weekday mornings, makes me rethink making them.  I recently found a recipe that omitted this step .. and produces a great tasting waffle, from the 1887 White House Cookbook, it's called ~ Continental Hotel Waffles.  Doing a little research about this hotel, I have come to the conclusion that it's the same place now called, The Willard Intercontinental.

Here's the recipe ~

Put into one quart of sifted flour three teaspoonfuls of baking-powder, one teaspoonful of salt, one of sugar, all thoroughly stirred and sifted together; add a tablespoonful of melted butter, six well-beaten eggs, and a pint of sweet milk (fresh milk); cook in waffle-irons, heated and well-greased.  Serve hot.
My adaptation included a mix of freshly ground white winter wheat and soft wheat.  I needed a little more milk (about 1/4 cup) to give the consistency of pancake batter.  This recipe can be made in a bowl without a mixer and makes about 8-10 waffles.  My waffle iron is a Belgian maker .. and it takes about three minutes per waffle.  To prepare the extra waffles for freezing, place them single layer on a cold oven rack with the door open a bit so they don't get soggy .. (or a wire rack on the counter) .. when cooled place in zip lock bags and freeze.  To reheat, simple set out for a few minutes and toast or warm in a 350 oven.


Dani said...

Yum - now I'm hungry and I've already had supper LOL

Could one also reheat them in a toaster instead of the oven?

Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac,
The waffles look amazing and the recipe is one I need to keep for future use. One appliance, I have never purchased and always wanted, a waffle maker. Once we purchase one, I will be trying your recipe out. When we go into town, sometimes we stop at Jimmy's Egg or Cracker Barrel. I always order a waffle (there addictive), lol. Say hello to the family, have a good one.

Pat said...

Love waffles, this sounds so good!

Kim Gibson said...

My family loves waffles too. I make them in the spring and summer with fresh strawberries and whipping cream on top. I'm looking forward to trying your recipe as soon as I can find good strawberries. Actually, I'm thinking about attempting to grow strawberries in my back yard this year here in Hayden. Does anyone with a green thumb have advice about growing strawberries in north Idaho? Also, do you think I could use organic whole wheat flour in this waffle recipe?

Mrs. Mac said...

@ Dani .. yes, a toaster oven would work too. Just thaw for a few minutes before heating.

@ Sandy .. I picked up my daughter a near new Cuisinart waffle iron at a local thrift store for $4. It works better than my old Belgian maker.

@ Kim ... I yanked all my strawberries out last year from my garden bed due to spittle bugs. I may try a different variety and plant in a container. Carver's farm has great u-pick berries (sometimes they even have June berries .. and usually always ever-bearing. They're off hwy 53 in Newman Lake, WA. It's worth the trip just for berries .. if you're not familiar with the farm, check out their website.

And yes, organic wheat whole wheat flour works great in the waffle recipe.. that's what I use.

Kim Gibson said...

Thank you! I just subscribed to Carver's Farm's newsletter. So glad I found you!

Jada's Gigi said...

Someone once told me that the old waffle irons were the best so I found one at a flea market and have been using it since..although I don't make waffles much anymore since the kids are grown....I'll bet you would enjoy my recipe for chicken and waffles..then you could have them for dinner too. :) now I want some!

Mrs. Mac said...

Yes Jada's Gigi .. the old ones work best. I saw one at the thrift store for $4 a few months ago and could kick myself for not snagging it. Anytime you want to share your chicken and waffles .. please share it on the sister's cooking blog :)

Deb said...

Sounds delicious! Admittedly, I have a box of frozen waffles in the freezer for those rare occasions when O wants one for breakfast. We often opt for Belgian Waffles when traveling and the hotel has the waffle irons set up. Recently, I saw in StuffMart that one can purchase one of those Belgian Waffle makers...I was tempted...but then thought...ugh, I'd have to make the batter!!!...nope. I'll continue to enjoy my steel cut oats and O can have her once a month toaster waffle.

Kim Gibson said...

I made these for my teenage sons this morning, and they were so yummy! I used 100% whole wheat and had to add more like a whole cup of extra milk to get the right consistency, but they were yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

Mrs. Mac said...

I made these waffles this morning using freshly ground (sprouted soft wheat) flour. Soft wheat makes for a great waffle batter and bakes up light.

Felisol said...

Dear Mrs. Mac,
It must have been awhile since I have been over here, you have indeed got lots on your plate.
Americans for sure are a rare breed, on that we all agreed 40 years ago, when the neighbor daughter married an American from Seattle. The first time they came back to visit Norway his grandmother was told to make him waffles for breakfast.
She was up six in the morning to send her husband off to work, and begun making a huge pile of waffles, which were not eaten because they had become cold when her son in law woke up.

They took a time to learn to love each other, neither spoke the others language or understood the others customs. In the end it all went well.

We eat our waffles for coffee, that is a meal served after dinner, or the old used to have a jar of ready waffle stir, always made with sour cream or sour milk, in the fridge ready to make a few plate while the kettle was boiling for guests popping in.

All this to ask, if you have a recipe for waffles made of spelt flour. Gunnar is making his own spelt bread, we never buy bread anymore. However, I'd like to make him something good to serve for coffee. So I wonder if not the Mrs. Magic Mac can help me out?
I'll be returning looking for answers, It would be so nice to surprise Gunnar. He has been so kind and helpful all along our road together.

Mrs. Mac said...

Dear Felisol,

I do believe that spelt flour would be perfect to substitute for the wheat flour in this recipe. I actually use soft white wheat (that I grind) and it has very little gluten. Why don't you try cutting the recipe in half to start. If you like it, it would be very easy to make the full batch and have some to put in the freezer for 'easy' reheating. This would be perfect for your coffee hour. Do let me know how they turn out. I may even try it as I have some spelt I could grind.


Mrs. Mac said...

P.S. Felisol .. if the spelt flour is whole .. not too refined .. you don't have to sift the flour .. but may need to add just a little extra milk if necessary to have the consistency of pancake batter.