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This is important

You people. YOU PEOPLE.

I’m still blinking in disbelief at the kindness you’ve shared with me and Brandon and Tiny Person Under My Shirt. I hate secrets, and this secret, no matter how well intentioned, surprised me with how heavy it felt, how unwieldy it was to carry around. It’s been a relief to to share it with you, and an unexpected thrill to have it met with such encouragement and excitement. I should have gotten pregnant a long time ago, just for the morale boost! Thank you for that.

In return, I give you a waffle.

Initially, I planned to give you some orange buns, and then I planned to give you these seeded breadsticks that my mom used to make, and then I considered a rye cake with muscovado sugar and apples. But I’ve been having what I think you could safely call a month of totally mediocre cooking. Totally mediocre baking, I mean. (Totally mediocre ability to complete a thought, also.) Actually, I was starting to think that there must be some old wives’ tale about pregnant women baking with yeast, something akin to the one that says that menstruating women can’t make mayonnaise. (Note: despite the contents of the previous sentence, this is not going to turn into a blog about the female reproductive system. I don’t always know what this blog is about, but I feel confident ruling that out.) Then, this past Monday, I made a batch of yeasted buckwheat waffles, and boom, the streak was broken. Marion Cunningham is, now and forever, the solution to every problem.

Marion Cunningham’s yeasted waffle recipe is a tried-and-true for me, and I first wrote about it, in exuberant terms, close to two years ago. Her waffle is perfect. It’s crisp and crunchy on the outside, but inside, the crumb is tender, speckled with tiny air holes, and slightly, pleasingly damp (if I can use that word without causing you to think instantly of basements and mildew and the pair of jeans that you took out of the dryer and put on while they were still warm and only realized weren’t actually dry once you had your shoes on.) There’s a decent amount of butter in the batter, and between that and the yeast, you wind up with a lot of flavor - rich and lightly sweet, but also deep somehow, a little interesting. I knew all of that couple of years ago, but what I didn’t know until recently is how adaptable these waffles are, how readily they would welcome other flours and flavors.

I have a sweet tooth, and it’s only gotten larger in the past couple of months. I have alternately addressed this problem with Graeter’s ice cream - now available in Seattle! At Fred Meyer! And some QFCs, I hear! - Cadbury Mini Eggs, a few donuts, and, in moments of restraint and sanity, a teacup of plain yogurt with jam or honey stirred in. In the interest of exercising some degree of control over how much sugar and other ridiculous nonsense I ingest, I’ve been increasingly trying to make my sweets at home, and to make them with a variety of flours, not just the usual white. I’ve been doing my favorite banana bread (the one in my first book) with a third or half whole wheat flour, which gives a nice, nutty flavor, and I’ve been playing around with pancakes and waffles, too. None of it is rocket science or wheel-reinventing; it’s the kind of tinkering that I think we all do sometimes, to feel better about the way we eat. But when I made a buckwheat version of Marion Cunningham’s classic overnight yeasted waffle, I knew I had to tell you about it.

I have long believed that buckwheat plus maple syrup is a union that cannot be improved upon, but I am now prepared to go on record as saying that buckwheat plus maple syrup plus yeast plus a waffle iron is even better. The outside of a yeasted buckwheat waffle, where it crisps against the iron, gets toasty and almost caramelized. It’s a little savory, and when the maple syrup comes along, it feels especially welcome, especially right. You could put the maple syrup on top of the waffle, the usual way, but I like to put it in a puddle on the side of the plate instead, and then pick up the waffle with my hand - this is very important - and drag it and sort of smash it through the syrup, and then take a bite, and then drag it again, and take another bite, and so on. You probably will get syrup on your hand. You will not be sorry.

Yeasted Buckwheat Waffles
Adapted from Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Book

This batter requires an overnight rest, so keep that in mind when you decide to make it! Most of the work is done the night before, and that requires some planning, but you’ll be amply rewarded in the morning.

This recipe uses active dry yeast, which should not be confused with instant (also sold as “rapid rise”) yeast. And as for the warm water and warm milk, they need not be very warm. Tepid is fine. In any case, it’s better to err on the cool side than the hot side. The most recent time I made this recipe, I actually didn't warm the milk at all, and it was absolutely okay. The only thing to watch out for with cold milk, though, is that it could re-solidify the melted butter. So if you happen not to warm your milk, for whatever reason, just do as I did: briefly mix together the milk, salt, sugar, and flours, and then stir in the melted butter bit by bit. This way, the cold milk and melted butter don’t run straight into each other and make trouble.

I use one-third buckwheat flour here, and that seems just about right. A word of caution: I wouldn’t use too much buckwheat flour in this recipe, because buckwheat flour is gluten-free, and you need a certain amount of gluten for structure. I’m sure there are other recipes, though, for making gluten-free buckwheat waffles, should you wish to.

Most waffle recipes work in any kind of waffle maker, but I think this one was made ideally for use on a standard (not Belgian) waffle maker. Mine is Belgian-style, and the batter is a bit too thin to really fill it properly. It’s not a biggie, though. The finished waffles just look prettier on one side than the other.

120 ml (½ cup) warm water
7 grams (1 package; 2 ¼ tsp.) active dry yeast
475 ml (2 cups) whole milk, warmed
113 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. sugar
170 grams (1 1/3 cups) all-purpose flour
85 grams (2/3 cup) buckwheat flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp. baking soda

Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. (The batter will rise to double its volume, so keep that in mind when you choose the bowl.) Sprinkle the yeast over the water, and let stand to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Then add the milk, butter, salt, sugar, and flours, and stir well, until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it stand overnight at room temperature.

When you're ready to cook the waffles, preheat a waffle maker. Follow your waffle maker’s instruction manual for this, but you’ll probably want to heat it on whichever setting is approximately medium-high. My waffle maker has a heat dial that runs from 1 to 7, and I turn it to 5. My waffle maker is nonstick, so I don’t grease it, and Marion Cunningham doesn’t call for greasing it, either.

Just before cooking the waffles, add the eggs and baking soda to the yeasted batter, and stir to mix well. The batter will be very thin. Pour an appropriate amount of batter into your hot waffle maker: this amount will vary from machine to machine, and you should plan to use your first waffle as a test specimen, which you get the treat of eating while you cook the rest. Cook until golden and crisp.

Yield: I wind up with 12 Belgian waffles, but yield depends on the size and configuration of your waffle iron


Blogger Margarita said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! The overnight part of these waffles conviced me of how good it is. Can I pretend these are pancakes and make it in a pan? No waffle maker. :(

12:58 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Lovely! Have to admit, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but these look so good, I think I would eat them plain. Or maybe with some plain yogurt and lemon zest.

Just curious, is there any connection between these waffles and the recent pancake/french toast episodes of Spilled Milk? Breakfast streak?

1:04 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Emily said...

Congrats again on the fabulous news! I've been tweaking my technique of master the gaufre de Liège et les gaufres de Bruxelles recently and thought I had been waffled out. This recipe has convinced me otherwise! Plus, this would be a nice break from pearl sugar for me!

1:05 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Merisi said...

Congratulations and best wishes on the good news!

The waffles sound and look delicious.
I can't wait to make them!

1:31 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous emmycooks said...

I love--love!--this yeasted waffle recipe and usually make it with part whole wheat flour. But I completely believe you that buckwheat and maple syrup are a magical combination and I look forward to trying it. And Margarita, in my experience this batter does make perfectly acceptable pancakes.

1:51 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Marco North said...

I really appreciate how much tinkering you do - and that you are confident enough to share your process. This is one of the reasons I keep coming back to your work - it inspires me to mess around in my kitchen.

1:53 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Gayle said...

I wonder, how do you think these waffles would feel about meeting some blueberries? Too thin of a batter? Buckwheat and blueberries sounds so lovely right now.
Also, er, um, about those orange roles you mentioned....? Now I have to have some. ;)

2:08 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Congratulations again!
In a selfish reader way I am so excited to read where this journey takes your baking and recipe development. Both with the pregnancy cravings and cooking for a young person.

Mmmm... waffles..

2:22 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Jennifer Jo said...

It's so nice to have your chatty voice back again! I was going to leave my congratulations in the last post but decided to wait till the deluge was over. So:

I'm thrilled and very happy and can't wait to hear bits of the story and SEE this new little person. Parenting is such a rich, convoluted experience. It's fun, too.

About the waffles: they sound amazing. I just got Marion's Breakfast book for one of my birthday presents.

And about the flour: have you tried Kim Boyce's multigrain mix? I toss it in everything. It makes me feel sophisticated. http://bit.ly/AuAm0P

3:30 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Pia said...

My pregnancy crave used to be Pain au Chocolat (a very loud crave). I used to plan my day around it. Every day.
The waffle looks so very good! It will have to be made.

3:55 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I make the yeasted waffles - not all the time but every time I make waffles.

I think Fairway will have buckwheat flour, so I will get some on my way out of town on Friday.

Now you know what we'll be having for Sunday breakfast! Thanks for this one. Be well and happy, Molly.

3:58 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Kim said...

I happen to have this book, by Cuningham. I try her waffles and they are terrific! With the addition of buckweat, I'm sure they are better... Love buckweat crepes!

4:37 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Jess said...

Congratulations! I don't know how I missed that news!

5:34 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Magpie Ima said...

Mazel tov on your exciting news!

You might want to look at gluten free recipes. A lot of them, especially those made with nut and whole grain flours, can be quite nutritious so at least you get the good stuff along with your sugar. This recipe for almond flour blondies is incredible: http://www.food52.com/recipes/12447_blondies_glutenfree_and_completely_delicious

5:58 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous ileana said...

Yum. I love waffles. Thanks for the recipe!

6:02 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Holly Dart said...

exACTLY the recipe I needed today. Thank you.

Congrats on your little one! this is SO exciting!

Margarita- I realize you were not directing your question to me, but I'm taking a stab at it. Mark Bittman suggests making pancakes out of his yeasted waffle batter in How To Make Everything. I've always been curious about that myself, but I can't stop making them in a waffle iron...they just get so perfectly crisp on the outside. Report back to the comments and let us know how it turns out~

6:36 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Susan..... said...

I have been making overnight yeast waffles for years and I have good days and bad days even with the same recipe. I find that even overnight the weather can change the dough structure so if my first one is not as crisp as I would like I mix in a couple tablespoons of cornstarch. Seems to do the trick and the batch is saved. I love the addition of buckwheat. Congratulations on your upcoming Motherhood!

7:15 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Oana said...

I tend to agree with the B+M equation. Like, a lot. Winning combination.

7:16 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Magically Bored said...

I chanced upon your blog yesterday and I have to say, simply loving it. :)
Congratulations on the addition to your family, and hope you're keeping well.
I have been having this major waffles craving for the last couple of days, and it's like you've read my mind, with this post. :|

7:22 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm said...

A heart congratulations from me too. Such fun!

I also HATE when you put on jeans out of the dryer and then later realize you have damp spots in uncomfortable places.

And, I realize I may be the target of mockery, but I really hate and despise maple. Even the smell makes me shudder. Perhaps buckwheat yeasted waffles with blueberry syrup?

7:38 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Bobbi said...

I have missed your blog but certainly understand between the book and now (how wonderful)a new baby! Made your oatmeal pancakes from the first book and once again loved them! Now buckwheat waffles, on my! Good luck with both the baby and the book ~ the two b's, oh three b's in your life!

8:04 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Jessica @ The Desert Abode said...

Congrats on your growing family!!!

I just finished reading your book (which was great!) and I’m a new Spilled Milk listener, too.

I've made both of your waffles (http://www.thedesertabode.com/2012/02/26/raised-waffles/) and they have completely changed my outlook on waffles (I wasn’t a big fan before). This version is definitely going on my list, although I’ve never cooked with buckwheat before.

8:08 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

I can only imagine how wonderful these waffles are since I adore the original version immensely. Congrats again on the wee one!

8:16 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Sara said...

What you said last post about being so much more aware that everyone was once a baby is so true - pregnancy and the subsequent child in your care make you so much more wide-eyed about the possible trajectories of life.

You are also, in my experience, very right about first trimester brain NOT being conducive to cooking, especially baking. I destroyed so many well-intentioned breads and bread-like things while I was expecting my son. The worst was when I FELL ASLEEP on the couch while baking a couple of loaves of bread. Clearly, I did not die in a fire - the one happy thing I learned that day was that my oven has an automatic shut-off. Most likely because of pregnancy brain.

Congratulations, I hope everything is extraordinary ... and be careful in the kitchen. :)

8:21 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous charlotte au chocolat said...

These sound so delicious!

8:23 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger MelissaH said...

Have you ever tried using the Cook's Illustrated yeasted waffle technique, where you omit the baking soda, mix everything (including the eggs) together, and refrigerate it overnight? I seem to get better results, and better flavor, this way, and I'm curious how it would work with this recipe.

8:43 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Adina Marguerite said...

Congrats! And waffles are always so lovely. I'm betting it would be pretty easy to sub out a gluten free all purpose mix for the regular flour. I like using Gluten Free Girl's 140 grams of GF AP for 1 cup of regular AP.

8:57 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

congrats on your pregnancy!! Hey, there's nothing wrong with a reproductive slanted food blog, since that's what I write. But, I'm also an obstetrician, so I guess that makes sense? Maybe...

Waffles look yummy. I just made these amazing ham and cheese waffles from Bon Appetit. They may change your life. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/03/ham-and-cheese-waffles

8:58 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Christina Wilsdon said...

Congratulations on Baby--enjoy the accolades and warmth, even from strangers, that comes with being with child; I know I did.

On waffle irons--Cuisinart makes (made?) a fun one that produces a row of four-inch-long, "stick" shaped waffles--they puff up beautifully so they aren't skinny, as that sounds, they're more like what a good puffy doughnut that has been unrolled and put straight would be like--which are fun and easy to eat using your fingers (and your mouth of course :) and to dip in maple syrup, and are REALLY delightful to serve to kids because you can cook a batch, break them apart, serve them to the crowd, and cook a second batch while the first gets devoured without squabbling amongst the urchins.

9:00 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Sounds like the buckwheat pancakes at Sears (not Roebuck) in San Francisco. Must try!

9:08 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hey! I've had a monstrous sweet tooth this past month, and I've also grown to eating yogurt with honey out of a teacup lately. Except I'm not pregnant. Anyway, it's not going to stop me from trying out yeasted waffles one of these weekend mornings. Thanks for sharing, and keep bringing on the sweets and baked goods-- I won't mind! ;)

9:15 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Blondie (semi) real said...

YOUR blog mail is like "a ray of sunshine in my inbox", makes me smile every single time!
Thanks for that, and so happy for you guys!

9:28 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Marissa said...

SO excited to come along on this new chapter in your life. Congratulations Molly and Brandon! (ps. waffles look yummy)

9:34 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Lorene said...

Molly, pregnancy causes ones brain to sink to the uterus... only to emerge blinking in the bright light of your next free moment 18 years hence. In a good way!

9:34 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Julie said...

1. I am so incredibly jealous that you can get Graeter's near you. I grew up in Cincinnati and nothing compares!

2. I've never had a yeasted waffle, but think i may need to try one...

9:35 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Louise @ Kitchen Fiddler said...

Molly, I am thrilled for you and Brandon!!! I'm already looking forward to reading about this next amazing chapter in your life. And if this buckwheat waffle is as anywhere nearly as scrumptious as the one from two years ago, you definitely have another major winner on your hands!

9:36 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Tamara said...

We are due date twins! I've read your blog for several years. I'm also due on September 4th with my first born bambino. Exciting stuff. Have you dreamt of delivering a baby kitten yet? I have, and let me tell you, in my dream I was THRILLED! Congratulations and best of luck to you!

9:44 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Annie said...

As a foodie and an obstetrician, I just adore the pregnant state of mind, especially when it takes you to beloved old recipes and new cravings. I wish you an outstandingly wonderful pregnancy, and a good, functional epidural when the time comes. PS Kim Severson talks about her brush with greatness in her book Spoon Fed, when she went to Marion Cunningham's house for.....waffles! It will make you laugh.

9:47 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graeter's! (I'm from Cincinnati.) Hope they have black raspberry-chip at your market. At the stores in Cincy, you can choose a pretzel cone. Pretty yummy if you like the salty-sweet combo.

Also, some fun baby naming sites (with which I am not affiliated):

Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and congratulations!

9:53 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Congratulations from Bellngham. No matter how much you try, this event will definitely affect your recipe selection! But, that is ok - even fun!

Next will be recipes that do not cause heartburn. Then, recipes that will keep this child healthy. Then, birthday party recipes, Then what recipes fit into a care box to send to your child in college. Then, you will go back to eating all the things you ignored for years.

It is truly a wonderful journey!

9:55 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Feeling Food said...

Congratulations to you! The waffle recipe looks delicious and I look forward to making them. I wrote a post last week for my friend Julie, who is also pregnant, it's meant to be a tonic for pregnancy. Hope it helps...
Your blog is a joy to read.

9:59 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Sharyn Dimmick said...

Molly, I am so relieved to hear you confess to a month of mediocre baking. When I have a bad (edible but not inspired) cooking week I think, "Who am I to write a food blog?" That said, I'm glad your streak is broken.

10:25 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Sara said...

I quite agree with Rachel. I am very curious to see what effect your pregnancy and new addition will have on your cooking.

When I was pregnant, my tastes changed a bit. BP (before pregnancy), I thought that vanilla flavored anything was quite boring, especially when you could have chocolate instead. AP I could not get enough vanilla, especially in the form of cupcakes or ice cream.

By the way, I can relate to your issues with thought. I fondly referred to that side effect as the pregnancy stupids :)

I am super excited to make yeast buckwheat waffles this weekend!!

10:33 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Sasha said...

That's it. I am buying a waffle iron. Tomorrow. Up until now I convinced myself that I did not need one, but boy oh boy do I believe in buckwheat and maple syrup.

10:40 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Being pregnant can be the best time of a woman's life and it can be a whole lot better with yeasted buckwheat waffles with pure maple syrup.

Enjoy yourself, pamper yourself and take it easy.

Love your food and nice to see your post.

10:44 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Brit said...

for a pleasantly damp waffle i will indeed say you're welcome! ;)

10:44 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger H2 said...

Well, this is god news, from babies to waffles. :-)

I got my kiddo as part of a package deal with his dad, and one of my greatest joys has been to watch (and assist) his transformation into a total Foodie. Now, at 18, he's also becomming quite a cook, so I get to enjoy that, too! We have cooked many of your recipes together, and I think we will add these waffles to our repitoire.

I think you will find exploring food with your child will make it all new again for you. It's wonderful.

11:07 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things said...

Congratulations! Loving your work and glad I found your blog.

Incidentally, the link to the farmer's markets does not work.

11:15 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, all!

Margarita, as others have said, you should definitely be able to make pancakes with this batter, yes. I haven't tried it yet, but a friend tells me that she has. Let me know if and when you do...

Sarah, ha! Yes, I do think the recent breakfast episodes on Spilled Milk came about at least in part because I am way into breakfast right now. Pancakes and waffles in particular.

Gayle, I do think this batter is too thin for blueberries, sadly. But how about a buckwheat waffle with blueberries on top? Now we're talking.

Jennifer Jo, I haven't yet tried Kim Boyce's multigrain mix, but I was just looking at her book the other day. Thinking of trying a recipe of hers to use up some of the rye flour I've got lying around. I really love her book.

Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm, I love the thought of buckwheat waffles with blueberry syrup. YES PLEASE.

MelissaH, I haven't tried that Cook's Illustrated recipe, but now I will plan to. They do great stuff.

Bizzy Lizzy, I'm not sure which link you mean, but I very much want to fix it! Is it in this post, or a different one? Am I going blind? Probably...

11:25 AM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Molly! I was hoping to say congratulations to you in person this weekend, but it looks like it'll be a couple of weeks still before I make it to Seattle. So I'll have to settle for doing it virtually. I'm so excited for you and Brandon!

I suspect this baby is going to be pretty lucky to be born into a world of good food and generous people!

xo, mandy

11:35 AM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Junsui said...

Oh, congratulations! As a reader, it's been so exciting to see the evolution of your relationship with Brandon, with the blog, with (book) writing and now there's this next chapter! I think waffles are the perfect celebratory food and, when I'm reunited with mine in April (research travel), I look forward to trying these!

12:13 PM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger larrouxgirl said...

Belated but heartfelt congratulations to both of you. I'm sure you realize you are going to be a mom till the day you die. Whatever else has happened in my life, including having been fortunate enough to have a brush with a Pulitzer Prize, I will see one of my daughter's high school friends (all of them now in their 40s), and she will say to her spouse, "Hey, look, it's Jamie's mom." Not Jean or Mrs. Prescott but Jamie's mom. I like that. I hope you will, too.

12:21 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Lucie said...

Hi Molly, I'm a long time reader and lover of your writing. I usually lurk quietly, soaking in each post, but had to surface with such exciting news: hugest congrats on your little one. This will surely be one well fed baby (and I challenge you on not making your posts more baby-centric as the months go on: not possible!).

Your buckwheat waffles are right in line with of one of my breakfast favorites, buckwheat pancakes. It's totally about that savory edge of buckwheat and salted butter, with the sweetness of maple syrup. Definitely something earthy going on there, too.

Anyway, I'll conclude my novel - can't wait to hear more about how life is changing, and just from you in general.

12:36 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Amy said...

Heartfelt congratulations to you! What a journey it will be. Is it bad to admit that I am equally excited to see you tonight as Amanda Hesser? Okay, maybe a little more excited to see you? Best wishes - it will be great!

12:53 PM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger erica said...

hmmm...every lady i know who starts craving sweets and carbs during their pregnancy has had a boy. ^_^ could this be a coincidence or a real correlation? ^_^ congrats again!

1:16 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Marcia said...

When my kids were little they used your preferred waffle eating method..It was called "a waffle cookie" . It had some interesting variations; like waffle+ syrup +lint or dust, or pet hair. Interesting times a coming..all better with waffles! Congratulations

3:05 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous cynn said...

Best wishes to you! The comfort that I felt just READING your post on these waffles! My Nanny made waffles every Sunday evening for our supper. I am investing in a waffle iron!

3:19 PM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger kale @ tastes good to me! said...

And you make waffles. WHILE you're pregnant! Stop being so awesome, k? Just stop. It's discouraging. ;)

4:45 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Calantha said...

Between this post and other waffle-themed posts cropping up on the food web, it seems I need to get myself a waffle iron, stat. And I'm not even pregnant. Though I wish I was... with a waffle baby.

4:50 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Kacie @ Gorge in the Gorge said...

Oh my goodness! You're little belly is beautiful! So happy for you. Congratulations. In my opinion, motherhood is the best thing ever. The best. It's so much fun! Congrats again.


oooh and those waffles look crazy delicious!

4:53 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Ilke said...

I have been begging for a waffle maker since we visited Brussels. But my husband always responds with "Now, do you really really NEED it?"
Hopefully after seeing this post and reading your descriptions, he might come around and NEED it!

I wish you a great, easy pregnancy!

6:06 PM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Need to go buy a waffle iron now, so that when my little one is ready we can enjoy the best of all that waffles can offer.

I was pregnant with her when we enjoyed some DELICIOUS pizza at Delancey last spring and I'm still thinking about Brandon's pickles.

So happy to hear your news, so weird because I only met you once/ yet completely normal because its a BABY to a happy family- how glad it made me actually. Looking forward to some baby food posts in the future. many congratulations!


7:15 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of a rye cake. I made some Finnish rye cookies recently that were pretty simple but delicious.

8:05 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Willow said...

I just love your writing, your recipes, and the little imaginary trips I get to take to Seattle when I read your blog- thank you! And congrats on your new addition!

9:23 PM, March 08, 2012  
Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

I'm going to have to try that ice cream!

We have a favorite yeasted waffle recipe (we only make/like yeasted waffles), but it calls for white flour. I look forward to trialing this one on the family.

10:13 PM, March 08, 2012  
Anonymous Lys said...

I think you've finally convinced me to buy a waffle iron. And buckwheat flour. This just looks too good to pass up!

5:08 AM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger taylorsoutback said...

New to your blog. Am on overload with recipes to try!

Congratulations on your "tiny person under my shirt" what a dear description. Had to smile when reading about your sweet tooth cravings these days. Our son is 35 & yet I recall the craving I had when pregnant - lots of green salads. Now years later, I am 68 & crave sweets constantly!

7:42 AM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger gourmetgirl said...

Congratulations, Molly! Looking forward to following your updates on "Tiny Person Under [Your] Shirt." I make your banana bread often, and yes, I add whole wheat flour.

8:32 AM, March 09, 2012  
Anonymous Connie Gordon said...

I could not bake when I was pregnant with my oldest and could bake fine with my second....it was strange. Of course I was sick with my first but then you are probably sick of hearing these such stories. Very excited for you. Gotta try the waffles.

9:13 AM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Food is all about love and support, so a wonderful recipe for a little support is a great idea!

9:44 AM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger Calico Hen said...

I have sourdough starter--how could I modify the recipe to use the starter instead of yeast? Thanks!

9:45 AM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger Mary said...

Congratulations!! I missed the announcement, but I am grinning with happiness for you now. The waffles sound delicious, but the baby is even better news. Have a blessed weekend!

9:49 AM, March 09, 2012  
Anonymous melissab said...

i need to add my congratulations to you all!
how exciting!
that kid's taste buds will be tantalized :-)

as a tiny p.s. (from one mom to another) if you're sweet tooth is extreme, it may mean that you are needing to eat more protein? my midwife told me that long ago.

good luck with everything.

10:07 AM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger Jodi Stuff I Love said...

I am so inspired by your description of the buckwheat waffles that I went out and got the ingredients to give it a try. I do not have fond memories of buckwheat pancakes from when I was a kid so I am hoping these will help repair that tastebud damage.
Congratulations on your little one, it is so amazing growing a baby. Enjoy because the time goes by so fast.

12:07 PM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger SaintTigerlily said...

I had a massive sweet tooth after first getting pregnant because of giving up wine. We forget how much sugar is in booze. :) Congrats again!

12:11 PM, March 09, 2012  
Anonymous Estelle said...

Hi Molly, it sounds like I missed your big announcement earlier: congratulations! I sincerely hope that your pregnancy, delivery, and life with your new addition go well. You may not be a baby person but let me tell you... Being a self-proclaimed baby lover does not make it easier to adjust to this new life, nothing can prepare you for what's ahead, just embrace the beauty that comes from chaos!

3:11 PM, March 09, 2012  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I am no stranger to the glory that is buckwheat and maple syrup, (thanks largely to Hemingway's descriptions in the Nick Adams stories) but this post made me giddy. GIDDY. I'm already a devotee of your Waffles of Insane Greatness (which completely live up to their name, and which I make with spelt flour to great, delicious effect), but I cannot wait to try these. Thank you and may your little one love them as much as you do. (Oh, and the eating technique!!! Love it!!!)

6:23 PM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger Alexia said...

Congratulations on the news of your newest family member to be! I have an eight month old baby girl, and being a mom is an amazing experience. So are food cravings, lol. My baby was gestated to "Spilled Milk" podcasts and 64 oz of orange juice a week. And more peanut butter than I care to admit. Just the other day she helped me bake for the first time by tipping teaspoons of salt and baking powder into my banana bread. Thanks for the waffles and best of luck!

6:36 PM, March 09, 2012  
Blogger Betty said...

I am also due in Early September and my sweet tooth is out of control at times. Darn those cadbury eggs :). Congratulations to you it is such an exciting time! Love the waffle recipe. I'm on the hunt for a waffle iron this weekend!

8:18 PM, March 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly,congratulations,I wish you a calm and boring pregnancy,in the best way..:) Oh,and I make your banana bread whole wheat all the way,just in muffin forms,it's perfect,I also add raspberries to it,so moist,delicious!

5:46 AM, March 10, 2012  
Blogger Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh how I love news about new babies...and the waffles look delicious too!

8:59 AM, March 10, 2012  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Congratulations on your baby news. How exciting you and Luisa will be mothers months apart, I'm sure your babes will be great friends.

3:01 PM, March 10, 2012  
Anonymous Genie said...

Congratulations. Your little one has the potential to have the best palate in the world. I hope for your sake it is discerning but not fussy. Waffle that odd tendency of no spreading syrup very well. Have you seen the maze waffle?

It lets the syrup distribute over the surface before soaking in. In theory anyway. If it doesn't work, at least it looks cool.

8:13 PM, March 10, 2012  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Molly - I have been reading your blog for years (and loving your recipes every time I make them!) but this is the first time I have been compelled to comment. I made these waffles last night/this morning. We also have a Belgian, for what it's worth. Anyway - spectacular. Like no other waffles we have ever tasted. There was something almost like a sour dough bread to it - and the outside was so crisp (both sides crisped for me no problem - maybe I overcooked them or something?) - they were almost TOO savory, but then, with the syrup --- heaven.

My three year old and one year old scarfed them down, too -- not unusual for waffles with those two, but a nice side note to keep this one in your rotation once the little one joins you! Congratulations, enjoy your pregnancy, will be checking back regularly in September to 'meet' the sweet new person.

Thanks for the waffle :)

10:04 PM, March 10, 2012  
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7:21 AM, March 12, 2012  
Blogger April Contestable said...

Congrats to you! You realize how much your own parents loved you when you have your own..and how big your own capacity is to love your child...and it is fun to feed them too!

1:54 PM, March 12, 2012  
Blogger Megan said...

Yes, OMG Graeters.

My pop lives in Cincinnati and surprised me with 6 pints delivered to my doorstep in Chicago for Valentine's Day. Cute, right? Not so cute that 4 pints are already gone.

Spring is for fattening up, right?

2:02 PM, March 12, 2012  
Blogger Erika said...

Yay GRAETERS. It's my hometown (Louisville) ice cream and if I make it home without making it there it's sad indeed.

6:44 PM, March 12, 2012  
Blogger Naked Maggie said...

A good waffle is hard to come by some days. Looks amazing and thank you for sharing. :)

6:48 PM, March 12, 2012  
Blogger morabbiton said...

I'm so happy for you :) Congrats!!!

7:48 PM, March 12, 2012  
Blogger marthameetslucy said...

I'm making these right now and kind of did the opposite of you. I cubed the butter and dropped it into the warm milk. The milk melted the butter and the butter cooled the milk. I'm so excited for breakfast.

9:03 PM, March 12, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I feel left out that I didn't comment on your lovely news- shame on me. Congrats, babies are the most delightful things ever, and edible too, in their own sort of way :-)
By the way, I have made Teddie's apple cake twice in two weeks, and I can't live without it. It's good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

6:47 AM, March 13, 2012  
Anonymous Natalie said...

I've never understood the fuss about waffles -- the one time I had them, made by a friend in her heart-shaped waffle iron, served with strawberries and whipped cream... I thought, 'Meh. Dry.' So I stayed faithful to my pancakes (which I make with half wholewheat flour and eat with LOTS of yogurt and homemade maple-berry syrup ).

But now that I've read this post and all the comments... somehow, 'Get a waffle iron' has made it onto my to-do list. That one time must have been an aberration. I can't not try again.

And huge congratulations, Molly, on what's cooking under your shirt. I follow your blog with bated breath, and I'm so excited for you.

7:55 AM, March 13, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love Marion Cunningham's Yeasted Waffles, too. My son and I make them with all whole wheat flour (pastry or regular), so we will totally try the buckwheat innovation. BTW, we find that we do not actually have to mix the batter smooth before letting it rest overnight. Many degrees of lumpiness have magically disappeared by morning, so feel free just to mix as long as you like. It will be a great job for your little one to take on! All the best to you and Brandon and baby-to-be.

10:39 AM, March 13, 2012  
Blogger Portland Mom said...


I love what you said about seeing the world differently when you become a mother. So true. You wonder what happened to the baby who became the homeless person or the rude cashier and every injustice done to a child becomes personal. It is a heartbreaking point of no return, but a worthwhile one.

I froze a carton of eggs, washed a paperback in the washing machine, and backed into my husband's parked car in the driveway all while under the influence of pregnancy brain.

Best of luck to you!

Your mom's pound cake (with the kirsch) is currently baking in my oven. Mmmm...

11:05 PM, March 13, 2012  
Anonymous Jay said...

I have used Marion's recipe for many years, and I am always surprised that few people have tried yeast waffles. I tried adding a little whole wheat flour, but it seemed to kill the bubbles. I never thought to use buckwheat.

I don't know if it is humidity in Houston, or what, but I think Marion's recipe is too thin. First I thought it was a typo. Pancakes and other batters recipes seem sometimes give us problems down here too. I reduce the liquid a little and increase the flour in Marion's waffle recipe--by quite a lot. Too much and the waffle gets gluey. But a thicker dough will support blueberries! I add berries after I put the batter in the iron and press them in with my fingertips.

11:17 PM, March 13, 2012  
Blogger Lilly said...

Graeters Ice cream!! I'm from Cincinnati (just like the ice cream).. and i am beaming with pride that graeter's made it into your blog!

10:55 AM, March 14, 2012  
Anonymous meg said...

Congrats, Molly! This is so exciting!

And dear Marion Cunningham, queen of breakfasts...I haven't tried these waffles yet, but I plan on it. I have to come out as a staunch yeasted or sourdough waffle believer. There's really no comparison.

12:36 PM, March 14, 2012  
Blogger Cheryl Arkison said...

My daughters have declared all Wednesdays as Waffle Wednesday. I've been trying to remember where I saw a good yeasted waffle recipe. And here it is!

Congratulations, by the way. My third is due any day, but there is nothing quite so special as the first time around.

3:57 PM, March 14, 2012  
Anonymous LJ said...

I'm so happy for you. It feels like we've been friends forever. Do you know about Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Baby. It's a book about teaching babies(after 4 months or so) to sleep. My boys are now 20 & 17. The book is a big deal. We've given it to every pregnant friend for 20 years.

4:46 PM, March 15, 2012  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Congratulations!! Such an exiting time. I craved lemonade, haha.

9:55 AM, March 16, 2012  
Anonymous Candice said...

What is it with waffles & pregnant ladies these days? I am 21 weeks and had been craving waffles for about 6 weeks. But not these sophisticated ones. A cheap diner waffle with margarine and cheap syrup. I don't even like syrup! And I'm a butter lover -- this has been pure baby craving. I also have a preggo friend whose baby goes wild every time she eats waffles as well. Congrats on joining the "club". It's amazing :)

11:57 AM, March 16, 2012  
Anonymous Lisa | Dust with Flour said...

Yeast and buckwheat is a beautiful thing = blinis. Congratulations on your lovely news.

12:30 PM, March 16, 2012  
Anonymous Abby said...

Congratulations!! That is so exciting :)

9:42 AM, March 18, 2012  
Blogger Laura Hansen said...

Yummy - and CONGRATS on making it through the first trimester!

This is going to be so crazy awesome, because a. you are having a baby, and b. I am having a baby, too (am due 9/24). So we can go through all the crazy cravings together, right?! (Speaking of which, those waffles look amazing). I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been craving what I've dubbed a "5-year-old's diet" of starch, starch, and more starch (I just made your lemon-ginger Scottish scones this weekend and felt all fancy because they actually had flavor!).

So. CONGRATS again - and have fun!!! Isn't it crazy to think that everytime you enter a room, there are actually two people entering that room?

1:41 PM, March 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 51 year old Dwm here, fit, athletic & unabashed foodie (build and buy). I loathe maple syrup. It is - to my palate and yours and maybe 4 others on the planet - soap, turpentine and other vileness fobbed off on the world as good. Blueberry syrup sounds ok to me, but Aunt Jemimas, Log Cabin, store brand, whatever is what completes the dish.

3:45 PM, March 19, 2012  
Anonymous Julie T. said...

I was wondering when you were gonna put that bun in the oven! Congratulations!! I'm only a reader but I'm so happy for you, because it's evident through your writing that you're gonna be that awesome kind of mom....
I've written a lot on parenting (most of it humor...because you gotta laugh...or else you're not gonna make it...). My babies are teens now. But ask me anything!
So excited for you!! Congrats to you and Brandon!!

6:12 PM, March 19, 2012  
Anonymous Pat Thomson said...

Congrats on The Thing Inside.

I grew up with Bob Graeter, who makes the THE BEST ICE CREAM IN AMERICA!!! (I won't say the world, since my husband is a native Italian and I could go on and on, listing the to-die-for gelaterie in Rome and Milan and Florence....) I used to go to Graeters in Mariemont, Ohio, and sit in their wooden booths, fantasizing about being locked in there overnight and able to taste every single ice cream in the shop. I was in love with their chip choices -- chocolate chip, mint chip, raspberry chip etc -- because the chips weren't chips; they were chocolate logs! Hard shards of dark, decadent, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. Sigh.

I still fantasize about Graeters ice cream. And I'm not even pregnant! Enjoy.

7:17 AM, March 20, 2012  
Blogger Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

Congratulations to you both! How exciting. Our little girl (Ingrid) is almost a year and a half old, and it just gets more and more fun.

p.s. These waffels are now on my to-do list.

2:35 PM, March 21, 2012  
Blogger Sew Succulent said...

My husband has made these waffles every weekend for years. I could eat 20 in a sitting. I say it's like eating fried beer. So glad you shared them.

And congrats to you! As a midwife, these announcements are especially thrilling.


3:53 PM, March 22, 2012  
Blogger Alexis said...

Congrats! As a fellow mom to be I can sympathize with the whole mediocre cooking thing. It must be connected with early pregnancy, it just must!
We are also going to be a family of three virgos which sounds great but i'm sure will be trying at times haha.

11:09 AM, April 05, 2012  
Blogger mrs. anderdaddy said...

Hi! Best wishes to you and your wee little family. I make yeast waffles all the time and I tried yours over the weekend. I made some changes, out of habit more than anything. I didn't read the directions properly and mixed everything together at the same time. The batter is indeed runny, and it was too late to decrease the milk, so I added about a cup of flour, a mix of buckwhetat and AP, until it looked right. I also added vanilla. I always add vanilla. Since I had already mixed in the eggs, my batter rested in the fridge. These were spectacular. I will make them again for sure.

1:22 PM, April 10, 2012  
Blogger Needleforhire said...

Oh gosh. These sound amazing. I must try them. Actually, when I first discovered your book, one of the many things that endeared it to me was you mentioning The Breakfast Book. It has, for many years now, been one of my mostest favoritest cookbooks. I also have The Supper Book, but I am much more interested in breakfast! And you are pregnant! Congratulations! I am horrid at keeping up with blogs. I don't think I've caught up on yours since around the holidays. Eek. Don't take it personally though, yours is actually one of the few I read with any kind of regularity.

11:15 PM, April 14, 2012  
Blogger hollywoodcerise said...

These waffles were a show-stopper! My brunch guests waited enthusiastically with plates in hands as they came off the waffle maker.

I used about 1/2C less milk since I have a Belgian waffle maker, and they came out picture perfect. Apricot jam was a popular topping.

I'm curious to make them again using less butter in the batter. Thanks!

9:36 AM, May 15, 2012  
Anonymous Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits said...

I would take that one step further: buckwheat and syrup with yeasted sourdough waffles.

10:42 AM, June 03, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Delicious waffles--thank you! My dad used to make a similar overnight batter for pancakes that we loved. In light of your coming new baby (and good food blogging) If you have not read the current Chocolate and Zucchini newsletter,do so! She has just had a new little son and is a lovely food writer as well.

2:21 PM, July 01, 2012  
Blogger RachealA said...

Molly, I had a Bon appetite subscription several years ago. I loved your column on yeast and cinnamon rolls. In fact I have always been afraid of yeast too, so when I read your column I was inspired to to try your recipe.

I have been making cinnamon rolls for about 4 years now - my family loves them and today I am making them for my father because it is his birthday. When I finished mixing the dough, and set it out to rise I looked at your article and decided to look up your blog. I am not a blog follower but because your writing is so delightful I decided to take a peak.

Every recipe that I looked at sounds delicious. I hope to try more of your recipes soon. Thank you for sharing your life and food!

11:40 AM, July 03, 2012  

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