I am not perfect. I know, you’re shocked. I’ve been cooking for thirty-seven years, and I still mess up every now and then. Do you know why? Because I’m human like everyone else. That’s why we shouldn’t be ashamed when we mess up a little. We are all human, which means we are not infallible.
I received a dual sided Belgian waffle maker for Christmas, and I really love it. It makes two waffles at the same time. Well, I decided to make waffles last Sunday morning. I’ve used the waffle maker twice before. The first time, everything turned out great. The second time, I used cooking spray instead of vegetable oil and blackened everything. This time I overfilled the waffle plates and batter came rushing out of that machine like Niagara Falls.
This was my first time making them from scratch. I used a mix the first two times. I didn’t account for how much the waffles would expand due to the baking powder in the recipe. The recipe has 3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder in it.
I used a recipe from my favorite cookbook, a 1976 Betty Crocker Cookbook. I learned to cook with my mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook from the sixties, so it’s always been my go-to for down-home recipes. I don’t think you can go wrong with one of those cookbooks.
While I made a horrible mess, these were the best waffles so far. They were golden brown and crispy on the outside while soft on the inside. My husband and I both enjoyed them very much, even though the mess took a while to clean.
The recipe made enough for two batches of waffles since it’s just my husband and me, so the rest of the batter is in the refrigerator. I’ll probably cook it this evening. We enjoy breakfast food at any meal.
Most country cooks wouldn’t admit to making such a gaffe in the kitchen while making something as simple as waffles. I don’t mind telling you because we all have those little mishaps. My philosophy is if you cook something with love and can still eat it without forcing yourself to choke it down, it’s a win.
I wasn’t completely off my game Sunday, though. I made a beautiful batch of banana bread, which turned out perfect.
Don’t let one little mishap stop you from doing what your heart desires. The next thing you make may be your best creation yet. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.
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