I’ve used the same waffle recipe from The Joy of Cooking for years. It’s easy to make, has a great texture, great flavor, and the waffles are nice and crispy on the outside. So, I was more than a bit skeptical when my sister, Annie claimed to have the best waffle recipe ever. Mine was definitely better… Right? I decided the only thing to do in this situation was to make Annie’s recipe and see for myself which waffle really was supreme.
I actually ended up making her recipe on two separate occasions. The first time around I didn’t get a picture of the waffles until they were half eaten and it didn’t seem fair to put it up against mine. We actually ate them two different ways as well. The first time with just regular butter and syrup, and the second time with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. As far as the recipes go, they are almost identical except for a couple of differences… my recipe uses all butter, Annie’s uses oil. Her recipe also separates the eggs into yolks and egg whites, which then need to be beaten into stiff peaks and gently folded in. So there’s a little extra work there. So what’s the verdict? Well… it’s not so clean-cut as that. Let me explain.
Annie’s recipe actually produced slightly crispier, lighter textured waffles. I think the crispness was due to the oil and the lighter texture to the egg whites. However, her recipe was more time-consuming and required use of a beater for the egg whites. I thought the flavor of the oil came through too much in the final product, but Seth said he didn’t mind it. I prefer the buttery flavor of my waffles and think they hold up better to toppings such as the strawberries without getting as soggy. Plus the recipe is just easier to make.
So? What recipe did I like better? I think I’m going to stick with my tried and true recipe. However, I’m a little curious as to how a couple tweaks might improve it. Maybe next time I’ll try a half oil/half butter waffle and/or beat the egg whites to make a lighter final product. It’s probably going to take several experiments to find out just what produces the perfect waffle, but I’m up for the task. I mean, there are worse things in life than sampling waffles, am I right?
Want to try the recipes and decide for yourself? Check ’em out and let me know what you think!