Mother's Day Waffles  Recipe
Mother's Day Waffles

By Diane Rossen Worthington

I am a sucker for cool kitchen gadgets. So when I discovered that you could buy the Waring Double Belgian Waffle Maker, I had to have one. I had seen it used in many large buffet brunches. You just turn the waffle maker upside down and cook two at the same time. It is so much fun. And you can't make a mistake with the browning level and doneness with the reliable thermostat. Of course you could use any waffle maker that you prefer.

Everyone seems to love waffles so why not surprise mom with a waffle brunch this year and then give her the waffle maker as a present? This, of course, works best for moms who love to cook!

Cook or no cook, your mom will love these homey comforting waffles that have a moist, cake-like interior. Sour cream and bananas bring rich flavor while the oatmeal gives added texture. You may find just a dusting of powdered sugar is all you need to sweeten them. I like serving these alongside some warm maple syrup.

Here are a few tips for perfect waffles:

-- It's best to place the waffle iron on a protective surface like a cookie sheet to avoid burning your countertop and for easy cleanup.

-- This batter may require you to spread it with a spatula. Pour the batter in the middle of the waffle iron and then spread it out evenly.

-- Be patient and don't peek before the waffle is done.

-- Double or triple this recipe if needed.

-- If you mistakenly overfilled the waffle iron, don't close it. Let it stay open for about 30 seconds. Then slowly close the waffle iron.

-- Figure about 2 1/2 minutes per side for cooking the waffles; this may vary depending upon how done you like them.

Sour Cream Banana Oatmeal Waffles Recipe

Makes about 7 waffles

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup quick cooking oatmeal or multi-grain cereal

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch allspice

Pinch nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

2 large eggs

4 tablespoons melted butter

2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

Maple syrup to taste, warmed

1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, freshly grated nutmeg and salt. Mix well.

2. In a large measuring cup combine the sour cream, milk, eggs, and melted butter and whisk until well combined. Add the sliced bananas to the cup and mash it in well. (An old fashioned potato masher works well.) Don't worry if the mixture is still a little lumpy.

3. Add the liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together with a fork or a whisk until you have a smooth batter.

4. Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturers directions and lightly spray it with vegetable oil. Pour some of the batter into the iron, spreading it around evenly as soon as you finish pouring, and close the waffle iron.

5. Cook until the waffle iron will open easily and the waffles are golden brown on the outside and cooked through inside. Remove each waffle to an ovenproof platter or a baking sheet in a 200 F oven while you cook the remaining waffles.

6. Serve the waffles sprinkled with powdered sugar or drizzled with a little warm maple syrup.

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